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India need to keep momentum: Sachin

Source: PTI
July 31, 2007 21:08 IST
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Describing the win in the second Test against England as "special", Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said it was important to keep the winning momentum going when they go into the third Test.

"The third Test is more important now. That's what every one is eyeing," Tendulkar said.

On the fiery Indian batting performance, he said it was a conscious effort by the frontline batsmen to establish big partnerships after what happened in Lord's.

"We'd planned not to lose early wickets and get very good partnerships. There was a lot of seam movement, which we knew would last for 15-20 overs. There was swing but less movement off the stump.

"We knew, if we would last that it would make the difference," said Tendulkar, who himself had a 97-run partnership with Rahul Dravid and 96-run stand with Sourav Ganguly. Openers Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Kaarthick made 147 runs together.

Tendulkar, who was denied a hundred due to erroneous umpiring decision by Simon Taufel, described the win as very special especially since it came after a long gap and series of lows.

"It is extremely special and important, especially after what had happened in World Cup," he said and rated it alongside the Headingly win five years ago and the Adelaide win in 2004.

Tendulkar said the third and final match of the rubber had assumed a lot of significance after the win as it had drawn them closer to an overseas series win.

He singled out Sourav Ganguly's innings of 79 as solid and described the player as "terrific".

"He looked very solid. To me he is a terrific player. It is a treat to watch him. So many times I talk to him in Bengali which takes pressure off us," he said.

On the last day's game, Tendulkar said "it was a bit of inconsistent bounce and pace on the wicket" but added "that was expected on a Test wicket. England had nothing to lose, they also did not appear to have a plan," he said.

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