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One good spell and we’ll win the match: NZ coach

Kiwis will need a special spell by any of the bowlers on Monday to clinch the 2nd Test against India,NZ coach has said.

Written by Agencies | Napier | Published: March 29, 2009 4:49:37 pm

The Kiwis will need only a couple of good catches and a special spell by any of the bowlers on Monday to clinch the second Test against India,New Zealand coach Andy Moles said in Napier on Sunday.

Moles conceded India have batted themselves back into the match by losing just one wicket in 90 overs on Sunday but felt New Zealand can still win the match.

“There is only team that can win this game and that is New Zealand. It is not often that we have been in that position. We hope a little bit of luck goes our way tomorrow and we get the opportunity to push to the win that we deserve,” said Moles.

“Obviously,a draw would be the favourite. But it only takes a couple of good catches and a special spell by somebody,” he added.

Moles reckoned the task would not be easy but felt getting a few quick wickets was all his wards needed.

“This is an exceptionally good batting wicket and they have got some great players who played well on it. If we can get our intensity right and hit the right areas we could turn it our way. All we are looking for is two or three mistakes and we will be into the Indian tail.

“As we saw in the first innings,they have got a magnificent 5-6 at the front. If we bowl well and things go our way we can get quick wickets,” he said.

The Kiwi coach admitted it was a difficult day for his bowlers.

“It has been a tough day. Obviously,it has been a great day to bat with good weather and an excellent wicket. We stuck to our task very well during the day. But they played well and showed good discipline. We have also shown exceptional discipline with our bowling attack,” he said.

Moles,however,claimed that though his bowlers were sore after bowling 200.5 overs on two successive days,their spirits were good.

“They are sore. But there are no injuries. Obviously,you get a bit tired when you make teams follow-on. My message to the team is that we got to get used to it. If we are going to become a good Test side it is about getting big scores and then making teams follow-on.

“They are in good spirits,though they would have liked to have got one or two successes during the day. But the batters won over the ball today,” he said.

Their lack of success notwithstanding,Moles said he could not have asked for more from them.

“They have come in and hit the wicket hard in the areas. They bowled in good areas for long periods of time. It shows in India making only 207 in 90 overs today. They are still behind us,” said Moles.

He also supported New Zealands decision to enforce the follow-on and said,”If we would have batted,we would have been in this position that India are in now. The only we had to go in this game was to enforce the follow-on.”

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