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England Batted Rather Slow: Harbhajan

By on December 12, 2008

Chennai, Dec 11 (PTI) Happy at restricting England to 229 for five on the opening day of the first cricket Test, ace spinner Harbhajan Singh today took a dig at the visitors saying they batted slowly and helped India’s cause.”

They played rather slow. Nobody went after the bowling. If you played your shots, you could have got to around 300. Even in the last one day match they batted slowly,” said the off-spinner who took two wickets for 67 runs on the opening day.

“The wicket son is playing good and the toss has been a big advantage. We bowled really well and restricted England. They were not really looking to dominate.

“Rather, they were looking at picking singles and twos. If we had batted, we would have got 300 plus. They went into defensive mode and got only 63 runs in the first session. We would have at least collected 100 in the first session. We are really happy with the way we bowled today,” he said.

The spinner expressed relief at getting back to the game after the Mumbai carnage and thanked England for returning for the Test series.

“What ever happened in Mumbai is very sad. It was great that England came back. Hats off to these guys. It is good to be back in action and nice on field. After the Mumbai incident, we were all tensed and scared but we cannot control these things,” said Harbhajan adding that the presence of the commandos gave them a feeling of security. PTI

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