India will bat for some time: Dhoni

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India would look to set Pakistan a challenging second innings target on the final day of the second Test in Kolkata, wicketkeeper MS Dhoni said.

Updated: December 04, 2007 15:51 IST
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India would look to set Pakistan a challenging second innings target after landing themselves in a position of safety as they look for a series-clinching win on the final day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Monday.

With the wicket helping spinners, it was hard to score off the slow bowlers on the Eden Gardens track.

"We will bat for sometime on Tuesday and everything depends on the time (of declaration) and the runs we score. You have to be on the safer side first. You need extra runs to challenge them in this kind of a wicket," Dhoni said when asked about India's prospects tomorrow.

"The wicket is helping the spinners. And normally the game changes on the final day. We will look for a win tomorrow. It's a slow wicket. The bowlers will have to use the rough. When the balls gets softer, scoring gets difficult," Dhoni said after the fourth day's play.

Asked whether the Indians could have played a bit more aggressively, Dhoni said "Because of the slow nature of the track, it is hard to score runs. On this pitch, it is hard to hit all the balls for fours and sixes. I must say we were ready to bat the full quota today. But since the umpires thought otherwise, we had to come back."

After the Pakistan second innings folded for 456, India finished the day at 141 for two, with Dhoni (28) and Ganguly (24) in the middle.

On the Indian bowling strategy on the final day, Dhoni said the spinners will have to fox the Pakistan batsmen in flight, turn and bounce.

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