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'We need to bat full 90 overs to win'

December 14, 2008 19:38 IST

On familiar conditions and with an awe-inspiring batting order to follow, India just need to bat out the entire 90 overs on Monday to win the first Test against England, according to opener Virender Sehwag.

Having thrown the game wide open with a blistering 68-ball 83, Sehwag said the hosts are in with a good chance to win the Chennai Test.

"We are in good position to win this game. We will go for a win tomorrow and hopefully we will achieve it," he said.

"We need to bat for another 90 overs. If we bat 90 overs, we can score 250 or 260 runs. The wicket is still good to bat on. If you settle down, you can score runs," said the hard-hitting right-hander.

India require 256 runs on Monday with nine wickets in hand and a win would put them 1-0 up in the two-match series. 

Sehwag, however, reckoned that scoring freely would not be easy in the wearing track and said, "If you are thinking that we should finish the game early, it is difficult."

Asked whether he would like a change in the batting line-up on the final day, the India vice-captain said, "I cannot say but we have the abilities to score 260 runs in 90 overs. We have one full day tomorrow. 

"We always adjust to the conditions. We have talents in our team. We know the wickets in India. Our players will be more willing to take risks as compared to the England  players," said the Indian.

Sehwag felt the English batsmen were negative in their approach on Sunday even though it was not quite unnatural.

"Their mindset was like that. It was not positive. I should also say that our bowlers were bowling really well and therefore they were playing like that," he said.

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