New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Napier, 4th day

Moles optimistic about chance to win

Cricinfo staff

March 29, 2009

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Iain O'Brien appeals for lbw against Gautam Gambhir, New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Napier, 4th day, March 29, 2009
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Andy Moles, the New Zealand coach, is optimistic of pulling off a win on Monday in Napier despite his side picking up only one wicket on the fourth day. India trail New Zealand by 62 runs, after following on, and still have eight wickets in hand, with Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir at the crease.

Moles said a draw was the expected result but hoped that with some luck New Zealand would be able to get the breakthroughs needed to win the Test. "There is only team that can win this game and that is New Zealand," Moles said. "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 for the win that we deserve. It only takes a couple of good catches and a special spell by somebody."

Moles said his bowlers, who had bowled 200.5 successive overs, were sore but had no injuries. "Obviously, you get a bit tired when you make teams follow on. My message to the team is that we've 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.

"This is an exceptionally good batting wicket and they [India] 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 five to six at the front. If we bowl well and things go our way we can get quick wickets."

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