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Monday, October 13, 2008

Our aim is to win series: Kumble

BANGALORE: Skipper Anil Kumble, who is battling a shoulder injury, said the hosts have gained a lot of confidence with their fightback ahead of
the second Test beginning in Mohali on Friday.

"We fought back really hard on this pitch after losing the toss. If we had won the toss we would have fancied our chances."

"Harbhajan and Zaheer got us back into the game and we had some crucial knocks at the top of the order in the second innings. It is the first match of the series and we had a really good game. It gives us confidence going into the next match and our aim is to force a win and take the series," said Kumble, who went wicketless for the first time in a Test in India and third overall.

Asked about the shoulder injury that curtailed his bowling to just eight overs in Australia's second innings, Kumble said: "My shoulder is feeling better. There are three more days to go for the second Test and we'll monitor it closely. 'It would have been nice to bag the wickets and won the match." he said.

The skipper reposed full faith in VVS Laxman.

"Laxman is a true champion who has played in 97 Tests and made major contributions in all the matches we have won. Looking back you can always say we should have had five bowlers and six batsmen. We are confident of winning the series," he said.

Kumble said the wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is not ideal. "The wicket has changed. It is very different from what it was 10 years ago. They have changed the soil and now it cracks up fast and that is not ideal," he said.

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