Kirsten satisfied with Indian show

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indian coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday said he was satisfied with his players' performance in the three-day practice match against Sri Lanka Board XI..

Updated: July 24, 2008 09:15 IST
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The Indians may not have dazzled much in their only practice match ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka which ended in a tame draw but coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday said he was satisfied with his players' performance.

"I am happy that we were able to warm-up before the first Test. We wanted to spend as mush time as possible in the field," Kirsten said after the match.

After labouring to a 196 for eight declared in reply to Sri Lanka Board XI's 224 all out in the first innings, the Indians needed 276 to win the match following the local side 247 for six declared in the second innings.

The Indians ended the match 129 to for two.

Kirsten defended Anil Kumble's decision of not bowling in the second innings.

"The Indian captain was taking care of his fitness," said Kirsten, when asked why the Indian captain did not roll his arm over in the second essay of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar, who made 69 in the first innings, did not bat in the second innings as Sourav Ganguly was promoted to the number four position.

Kirsten said Tendulkar did not to come out to bat as he has had enough practice in the first essay.

"He spent enough time at the crease during the first innings," he said.

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