150-plus would be a good score at Wankhede: Geoff Marsh

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 19:41 PM IST

Mumbai: Pune Warriors coach Geoff Marsh feels that a total in excess of 150 for the team batting first is par for the course on the Wankhede strip that is conducive for batsmen.

"It looks like a very good wicket. We have to score at least 150 plus. But we will have to see how it plays in the first six overs and then reassess the target," the former Australian batsman told reporters ahead of his team`s clash against hosts Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.

Geoff said though their rivals Mumbai Indians are a very good side, they are not unbeatable.

"In their last four games, counting last year`s final, they have won two and lost two. They are a very good side and have the advantage of retaining four players. But they showed they could be beaten in the last game," he said.

The coach added that his side is looking forward to taking on batting maestro and Mumbai skipper Sachin Tendulkar on his home turf.

"Every cricketer in the world wants to play against him. It would be a sad day when he`s not playing. It would be good to remind ourselves when he`s not playing."

The former opener said that following Pune Warriors` loss to Delhi Daredevils in their previous outing, his side had discussed ways to avoid small mistakes.

"We had a chat after the game and yesterday. While we scored 180 we could have rotated the strike and scored 210. We definitely have to get better all the time," he said.

Left-arm spinner Murali Karthik, who has happy memories of playing at this ground having bagged two Man-of-the-match awards for his bowling against Australia in a Test match as well as in a one-dayer, said the Wankhede strip looks a little different this time.

"The typical Wankhede wicket had a slope. This one is flat. The bounce on practice pitches is not the same as that of a typical Wankhede wicket. We`ll have to see how it plays," he said.

Reminded of his match-winning performances here, the tweaker said, "It was a different day, different game. That day was surreal. This Wankhede looks like an amphitheater. I have done well here in Tests, ODIs and first-class cricket. But this is T20 cricket and I have to bowl four overs and put each ball on the spot."

The 34-year-old spinner attributed the stiff competition in the tournament to the entry of two new teams – Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

"We have got two new teams. Two new teams coming into fray has made it more competitive. People have done their homework and managed to put up a good side. The quality of international players as well as domestic we have is very
good," he added.

"Definitely, the way the point structure is at the moment, all teams are equal. The auction has balanced things out," said Geoff on the same issue.