We will come out and fight, says Watling

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Chan­der Shekhar Luthra shekhar. luthra@ dnain­dia. net

In­dia’s Ravin­dra Jadeja cel­e­brates with team­mates the dis­missal of New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi dur­ing the third day of the first Test at Green Park Sta­dium, Kan­pur, on Satur­day Kan­pur: With In­dia al­ready 215 runs ahead of the vis­it­ing New Zealand side, wicket- keeper BJ Watling still hinges hopes on the morn­ing ses­sion on Sun­day be­fore throw­ing in the towel.

The Black Caps col­lapsed to 262 af­ter re­sum­ing Day Two from a solid po­si­tion of 152/ 1. But the most cru­cial phase was the re­main­ing 47 overs of the day, when In­dia pu­n­ished the vis­it­ing at­tack to race to 159 for the loss of just one wicket.

“We have got to look at that first ses­sion tomorrow ( Sun­day). We’ve got to fo­cus on re­strict­ing them tomorrow ( Sun­day) morn­ing be­fore try­ing to deal with our sec­ond in­nings with the bat,” said the stumper who scored 21 cru­cial runs in the first in­nings be­fore hand­ing over a re­turn catch to Ravichan­dran Ash­win.

Asked why six of the Kiwi bat­ters were trapped in front of the wicket on Satur­day, Watling at­trib­uted it to the con­sis­tent line of In­dian spin­ners.

“It’s good bowl­ing on con­sis­tent line. The ball spins some­times and some­times not. But it’s about the line we need to play on to tackle spin­ners here in In­dia,” said the wicket- keeper bats­man.

Keep­ing in mind how the vis­i­tors lost their last five wick­ets for just 24 runs, the chances of a fight­back look bleak, es­pe­cially against the two ram­pag­ing In­dian spin­ners. But the Ki­wis are known to fight it out, and that’s what Watling said.

“I know we have a great bunch of fighters in our squad. We know we are un­der a bit of pres­sure at this stage but we’ve got to find a way to bounce back. I know our at­ti­tude is right and we’ll come out and fight tomorrow ( Sun­day). That is all we can do at this mo­ment,” he said.

Watling was all praise for Ash­win’s sharp turner that bam­boo­zled the well set Kiwi skip­per Kane Wil­liamson for 75.

“That was prob­a­bly the best ball of the day. It was a very good ball that spun from so wide. This kind of de­liv­ery is too tough to play. Over­all also, Ash­win kept ask­ing ques­tions like that through­out the first in­nings. If we’ve to come back in the match, we need to find a way to deal with this kind of de­liv­er­ies.”

— AFP

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