Sehwag puts up a brave face, after bowlers disappoint

March 27th, 2008 - 8:44 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) In a tacit admission of the difficult task ahead of India in the first cricket Test against South Africa here, Virender Sehwag said the hosts would require a lead of 100 or 150 runs to put the rivals under pressure as batting last would not be easy. Speaking to the media after the second day’s play here Thursday, Sehwag opined that the pitch could afford turn as the match progresses and that batting on the fifth day will present a challenge.

“The pitch, from batting point of view, is true with good bounce. I thought South Africans batted well, especially Hashim Amla who has improved a lot since we last saw him. The heat and humidity too got to us,” he said in summation.

Sehwag backed his opening partner Wasim Jaffer saying: “Jaffer is always capable of a big score. He has a double hundred to his name and I thought he played very well today.”

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