Kumble upbeat about victory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/anilkumble5.jpg' class='caption'> Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble said today that India has a decent chance of winning the second cricket test against Australia.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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After having played yet another sterling role with a match haul of 13 wickets, ace leg spinner Anil Kumble today gave India a decent chance of winning the second cricket test against Australia. "210 runs in 90 overs tomorrow is achievable and we have a decent chance of winning the match," Kumble told reporters after India ended day four of the match needing 210 runs more for a series-levelling victory. Batting holds the key However, he said it was important that the batsmen played well in the first session tomorrow. "It is important that we get a good start. Invariably the pitch has helped the batsmen most during the first session of last four days and we have a good chance to overhaul the required target," said the bowler, who turned 34 today. "If we go into lunch placed comfortably, India have a very good chance of winning the Test," he said. Defends Patel Kumble, who saw a few chances being miffed by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel off his bowling, defended the young Baroda stumper saying it was tough to keep in such conditions. "Lot of things have been said about him. But it is not easy to keep wickets in such conditions where the ball hits the rough. But when such incidents are shown and repeated on television, it makes it look worse. No doubt it is a tough job to keep wickets on such pitches," he said. On his own bowling which saw him pick six second innings wickets, Kumble said "it was a tough day. Martyn and Gillespie batted well, particularly Martyn batted brilliantly. I hope our batsmen will perform well tomorrow. "On my own performance, I must say that it is great to perform like this, particularly against a world champion side. To get wickets against them is always satisfying." Asked whether it would be difficult to bat tomorrow against Shane Warne, Kumble said "he is, no doubt, a great bowler but our batsmen have done well against him in the past. It all depends on the first session performance." (PTI)

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