Kumar calls for class from India in Kanpur

Author: Gregory WilcoxSun, 2017-10-29 03:00ID: 1509218515769303400CRICKET: India opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has called on his teammates to repeat what they did during their six-wicket win over New Zealand on Wednesday. That victory leveled the series at 1-1 meaning today’s clash in Kanpur is a do-or-die decider. And Kumar, who took 3-45 in the win, said the series will be India’s so long as they play with the same intensity of Wednesday. “This is again a pressure game, it’s a decider. It matters that how we prepare for the match, our preparation for each match has been good. We will try and repeat what we did in the last match. Whatever our strategy and planning was there it’s important that we do it again.”the pace ace said. The victory, however, did not come without controversy, with the Pune groundsman sacked after a video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket. All that, though, will matter little once the first ball is bowled today. The last time India lost a bilateral series at home was against South Africa in 2015, and that, along with Wednesday’s victory for the hosts, has underlined just how tough it will be for the Kiwis to beat India today. That is something not lost on Tim Southee. “The series is on the line. That’s what we play for. Good sides have come here and walked away empty-handed. It’ll be nice to, I guess, seal the series here. But India are a tough team in their own conditions as they have shown that over a while. It’s very tough to win over here,” the Black Caps bowler said. Virat Kohli needs 83 runs to become the sixth Indian player — after Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin and MS Dhoni — to score 9000 runs in ODIs.
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