First hour tomorrow important for us: Chawla

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Hyderabad, Oct 3 (UNI) With Board President's XI in a strong position after day two of the four-day match against Australia, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla believes that the first hour of the play tomorrow will decide the future course of the match.

''We have got almost the entire top order (of the Aussies) and now we just need another wicket from here on. The first hour of the play tomorrow will be very important moment for us,'' Chawla said in the post match media conference here this evening.

The Board President's XI put on a massive 455 today before reducing the Australians to 191 for four today.

Chawla was instrumental in putting the breaks on the Australian batting claiming two wickets.

''The pitch is getting slower and the bowler have to be patient,'' Chawla added.

Though the high point of his 21-overs was the prized wicket of Australian skipper Ricky Ponting whom he got round the leg, Chawla said he was trying hard and eventually landed the ball on the right spot to get his man.

Chawla also met the national selector Narender Hirwani at the sStadium during the course of the day. ''It it was just a chat. He asked me to keep working on my bowling,'' Chawla clarified.

Meanwhile, Australian medium pacer Mitchel Johnson, who was the highest wicket taker in the first innings scalping four, admitted that the top order's failure did make it difficult for the visitors.

However, he felt that the bowlers did stick to their task and got back on the track.

Johnson said it was good to get accustomed to the Indian conditions before the all important Test series against India begins on October 9.

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