India can win the first Test, says buoyant Sehwag

December 14th, 2008 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) India opener Virender Sehwag is confident of the team’s chances to win the first cricket Test on the fifth and last day against England here Monday. Sehwag’s quickfire 83 off 68 balls gave India a realistic chance to chase 387-run target set by England. India were 131 for one wicket at the close of the fourth day’s play Sunday and now need 256 runs to win the first Test.

“I think, getting another 250-odd runs in 90 overs is very much possible,” he said.

On his innings, Sehwag felt there was an element of luck but was disappointed that he could not carry on. “I was a bit lucky today and was dropped a couple of times. But I was disappointed to get out. The ball pitched on the spot and turned. I did not expect umpires to give me out as a couple of close decisions had gone in our favour!”

Looking ahead to the final day’s play, Sehwag said India are very much in the hunt. “The ball is coming on nicely and if we back ourselves tomorrow, we should win the game.”

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