India look to continue momentum

Updated: 16 September 2007 07:03 IST

After a breath-taking start to their World Twenty20 Championship campaign, India will look to continue the momentum when they take on New Zealand in their

India look to continue momentum

Johannesburg:

After a breath-taking start to their World Twenty20 Championship campaign, India will look to continue the momentum when they take on New Zealand in their Super Eight match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

India kept themselves afloat in the tournament with a dramatic win against Pakistan after their opening match versus Scotland was washed out due to rains.

Indications are that India may replace pace bowler Ajit Agarkar with Piyush Chawla, given New Zealand's weakness against spin.

The thrilling win against Pakistan may have served as a great morale booster for the team, which has little experience in the shortest version of the game, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have their task cut out against the Kiwis.

India's top order will have to put the runs on board, the fielding has to be sharp and the bowlers need to be consistent against a well-balanced team like New Zealand.

The Indian skipper has already made it clear that "more than the batting order or the bowling order, it's important to understand the responsibility (given to a player). A player should know what the captain expects of him in a particular situation and in a particular position."

Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who got out cheaply against Pakistan, will need to be more assured in their mind about the methods they employ.

But Irfan Pathan, who is doing well, gives the team a good balance.



Topics : Cricket The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg India
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