We need to bat full 90 overs to win the Test: Sehwag

Updated: 14 December 2008 14:09 IST

India just need to bat out the entire 90 overs on Monday to win the first Test against England, according to opener Virender Sehwag.

We need to bat full 90 overs to win the Test: Sehwag

Chennai:

On familiar conditions and with an awe-inspiring batting order to follow, India just need to bat out the entire 90 overs on Monday to win the first Test against England, according to opener Virender Sehwag.

Having thrown the game wide open with a blistering 68-ball 83, Sehwag said the hosts are in with a good chance to win the Chennai Test.

"We are in good position to win this game. We will go for a win tomorrow and hopefully we will achieve it," he said. "We need to bat for another 90 overs. If we bat 90 overs, we can score 250 or 260 runs. The wicket is still good to bat on. If you settle down, you can score runs," said the hard-hitting right-hander.

India require 256 runs tomorrow with nine wickets in hand and a win here would put them 1-0 up in the two-match series. Sehwag, however, reckoned that scoring freely would not be easy in the wearing track and said, "If you are thinking that we should finish the game early, it is difficult."

Asked whether he would like a change in the batting line-up on the final day, the India vice-captain said, "I cannot say but we have the abilities to score 260 runs in 90 overs. We have one full day tomorrow.

"We always adjust to the conditions. We have talents in our team. We know the wickets in India. Our players will be more willing to take risks as compared to the England players," said the Indian.

Sehwag felt the English batsmen were negative in their approach today even though it was not quite unnatural. "Their mindset was like that. It was not positive. I should also say that our bowlers were bowling really well and therefore they were playing like that," he said.

"They appeared that they do not want to take any risk for runs. Perhaps, they never wanted to lose a wicket in the first session fearing that they will lose the game itself. They had time and so they wanted to play till tea or after tea and then declare," he said.

"(However) it is fair from England's point of view. If India were in same situation, we would have done the same. But we would have scored runs quickly like what we did against Australia at Mohali recently. We declared before the tea when the score was 500-plus," he said.

Asked about his chit-chat with Andrew Flintoff, Sehwag said, "He was only praising me."

Asked about his batting in the second innings where he scored 68 runs from fours and sixes alone, Sehwag said, "I was playing my shots. It was my normal batting and I was not going after any particular player. They were giving me width to cut and I was playing my shots.

"When I went there, I saw the wicket was good. The fast bowlers were giving me the width and the ball was coming up nicely to my liking. I was playing square cut and it keep going to the boundary," said the right-hander.

Asked whether his innings was a reflection of his character Sehwag said, "You can say so. But on many occasions, I didn't play my natural attacking game. In Adelaide, I had played a full session without scoring a boundary and saved the game for India. So, I can change my game according to conditions but today, the demand was there and I had to play aggressive shots, especially against the fast bowlers," he said.

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