Kotla match now balanced: Kaneria

Updated: 24 November 2007 12:30 IST

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria described M S Dhoni's wicket as a breakthrough for Pakistan to stage a comeback in the first cricket Test against India.

Kotla match now balanced: Kaneria

New Delhi:

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria described Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket as a breakthrough for Pakistan to stage a comeback in the first cricket Test against India and said his team had a plan to set a 300-run target for the hosts to win the match.

"Sachin Tendulkar's run out and disturbing the Dhoni-Laxman partnership were important. Dhoni's wicket was a good breakthrough, especially when they have a long tail," said Kaneria after the second day's play at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Friday.

"Dhoni is in good form and is an aggressive player who keeps the scoreboard ticking. So claiming his wicket has helped the team a lot," he added.

Kaneria said the match was now balanced and could go either way.

"This is a five-day match and every day is different with one team up one day and another the next day. Today it is balanced. We have comeback in the match after the breakthrough. Tomorrow morning we will do well."

Kaneria said batting on the fourth day would be difficult and they would like to set a good target to win the match.

"We did not have the first innings advantage but we'll give them a target as the fourth day will be difficult to bat with the wicket deteriorating and becoming very slow and low," he said.

"If we give them a target of 300 we can win the match," he said.

"There has not been much sunlight on these two days so wicket has not broken yet. It could be difficult to play spin tomorrow. We will like to come and bowl them out in the morning tomorrow".

The lone specialist spinner of his team, Kaneria said he was not feeling the need of another spinner in the side and felt "I can have a vital role in winning the match for Pakistan."

Asked if he was under pressure to perform, Kaneria said "there is no pressure. I am enjoying the cricket".



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