New Delhi, Oct 31 (UNI) Praising the bowling of Virender Sehwag, Australian opener Matthew Hayden today admitted that he was surprised by the way the Indian opener made use of the conditions.
Sehwag claimed the crucial wickets of Hayden, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, to give India a slight upper hand at the end of the third day's play.
''Interesting strategy to bowl Sehwag with the new ball.
Sehwag bowled exceptionally well. He used the conditions as well as any regular bowler. He spun and bounced the ball well,'' Hayden told mediapersons after the end of the third day's play.
''If Dhoni was not wearing a helmet, the ball would have hit his face. That's how aggresive the ball was coming out of his hand,'' he added. ''He is not a big turner of the ball like Harbhajan but he used the conditions very well.'' The 37-year-old was disappointed after missing a century on a wicket which he described as ''very flat''. He was trapped leg before when he was just 13 runs short of his 31st century.
Commenting on the Australian gameplan for the fourth day, Hayden insisted that his team had the upperhand and will aim to put the Indians under pressure.
''The first hour is crucial as it is for any Test match. If the first hour is good for Australia, it will be an advantage.
We would like to bat for a long time and set up a big score,'' he said.
''We would like to go out there and spend a lot of time in the middle. The more time we take, the more it will hurt India.
Their bowlers will tire as will any bowling unit,'' he added.
However, he refused to comment on the one Test ban imposed on Gautam Gambhir.
''I cannot coment on the ICC decision but physical contact is definitely not a part of the game,'' he remarked.
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