Mohali was a bad day, India will come back in Kanpur: Rajput

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Kanpur, Nov 10 (UNI) Holding that the Mohali game was '' one of those bad games'', Indian team cricket manager Lalchand Rajput today said the third one-dayer at the Green Park here tomorrow is crucial and his boys would come back to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series.

''The game (at Kanpur) is very crucial and the Indian team had always done well when the chips are down. I hope the boys will come back and win tomorrow,'' he told reporters tonight.

When asked why his bowlers failed to defend a huge total at Mohali on Thursday, he said, '' they were not bowling badly. It was one of those games when they could not take wickets in the later part of the innings. We should give credit to the Pakistanis, they applied themselves well and stiched crucial partnerships to take the game away from us,'' he said.

Both the teams could not undergo net sessions today as they reached here late in the evening but Rajput said not having practice before tomorrow's match would not have any effect on the performance of the team.

''They haver breen playing for the last five months. They are used to it. If they are playing at this level, they should be able to adapt to it,'' he added.

''Moreover, because of Diwali, we could not get practice ground at Mohali as ground staff there had taken holiday because of the festival. From Mohali we departed late and reached here late. It was BCCI's schedule but I think it happened because of the festival,'' he said while giving explanation why the two teams could not get time for practice today.

The two teams reached here around 1730 hrs by bus from Lucknow.

They were brought to Lucknow by a chartered flight.

Rajput did not divulge who would be in the final XII tomorrow and said the team will have a look at the pitch tomorrow and decide who would play.

He though did not rule out fielding two spinners instead of an extra batsman saying, ''we will decide tomorrow before the match. If the pitch is condusive for slow bowlers then we may field two spinners,'' Rajput said.

Earlier, utter confusion prevailed with nobody knowing when the teams are arriving and when the media interaction will take place.

There was no UPCA official available at the Green Park to give information and the media interaction with Rajput took place at 2000 hrs.

A journalist who accompanied the Pakistani team said the UPCA did not give any schedule to the visiting side.


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