Bangalore, Dec 8 (UNI) Yuvraj Singh who made a dazzling 169 to lift India to a position of strength in the company of Ganguly, who also hit a solid unbeaten 125, today said that if India could go past 500 tomorrow, it would provide the team the right platform to force a victory against Pakistan.
Speaking to reporters after the opening day's play of the third and final Test that began at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here Yuvraj said, ''Tomorrow we should go past 400 but 500 will be the right score to win the series 2-0.'' Adding that he was nervous at the start as he had not played a Test match after the 2006 West Indies tour but it took only 15 balls to settle down nicely.
''Once Saurav and I raised 50 runs for the fifth wicket, everything fell in place. Saurav really was great. We are happy that we put the team in good position after we were struggling at 61 for four. Ganguly gave me the strength to play a long innings. However, I am dissapointed that I could not complete the double hundred,'' he said.
Yuvraj, son of former India all rounder Yograj Singh, said Akthar's absence did helped the team as he was Pakistan's main strike bowler.
Praising Arafat, Yuvraj said that he bowled better as he tested the Indian batsmen with movement. ''However we are happy that we are at safe position now,'' he added.
The Punjab southpaw said Test cricket was completely different compare to T20 and ODIs as in Test batsmen will have ample time to settle down and play long innings.
''My intention is to perform in the five-day game as well,'' he added.