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Job Half Done, Need To Keep Up The Good Work Tomorrow: Dravid

By on March 29, 2009

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Napier, Mar 29 (PTI) India may have crawled their way back into the second Test against New Zealand but the job is only half done and they would have to keep up the good work tomorrow to ensure a draw, senior batsman Rahul Dravid said here today.

Dravid’s (62) 133-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir (102 not out) bailed India out before Gambhir added another 89 runs with Sachin Tendulkar (58 not out) to raise India’s hopes of forcing a draw.

Dravid said though India had done well today, only half the job has been done.

“We needed a big performance today and tomorrow. Now we have got half the job done and we hope we have a good session tomorrow first up,” he explained.

“Hopefully, if we can bat well in the first session (tomorrow) it will be an ideal scenario to make them bowl for 270 overs going into Wellington. Being back on field after three days will not be easy on them,” he said.

Dravid also warned his teammates that the Kiwis would strive for a victory in the first session.

“We know that New Zealand will come hard at us in the first two hours as that is their only chance. They have fought hard and they will go for one big effort. That is what we have to be wary of. We have to show the same mental discipline that we showed today,” said Dravid, who has notched up three half centuries in this series. PTI

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