Canada to set spin trap for Kenya: Bagai

Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 19:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Canada are aware that they have the best chance to win a match in the World Cup against Kenya and skipper Ashish Bagai on Sunday said they would look to strangle the African team in a web of spin on Monday.

Bagai said Canada would look to play an extra spinner and might even open the innings with a pace-spin attack at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium here on Monday.

"It is probably the best chance for us to win a match in the World Cup. We had that goal coming here and hopefully we will win tomorrow," Bagai said.

"Looking at the last two games here, it is the spinners who have dominated. We have bowlers who have dominated not only against England, Zimbabwe but also against Pakistan. So spin would be the key tomorrow.”

"Probably we would play with an extra spinner in Parth Desai, we might even open the innings with a spinner. Kenya too have some good spinners so it would be a game of spin," he added before joining his teammates for a net session.

Canada have lost all their three matches so far in the World Cup and Bagai said they would look to better their performance and finish on a high.

"We have a lot to play for in the World Cup, three games to go and though there is very slim chance to make it to the quarters, better cricket in the next few days will give us success and help us finish on a high," he said.

Canada`s batting has been a problem as in all the three matches, their batsmen could not bat out the stipulated 50 overs and Bagai said a good performance from the top order would be crucial on Monday.

"Batting for us is sort of internal not so much for the opposition. We batted for around 40 overs in the previous matches but batting has been a bit of a problem and it has been tough and we hope we get better and better," Bagai said.

"Top order would be crucial to set a base for us and help the next batsmen to step up for the innings," he said.

Asked about the status of opening batsman John Davison, who pulled out of the Pakistan match because of a right leg injury, Bagai said the experienced player would have a fitness test Monday morning.

"JD (John Davison) had a bit of a run with the physio and we will have a fitness test tomorrow morning and hopefully he would be fine," he said.

"His role is just not playing in the side, it is more than what he does on the field. It is what he offers to the young guys, myself and the team with his experience of last 10 years.”

"He struggled with the bat at the top of the order so we have to re-evaluate the batting order but he would have a big role to play at the match tomorrow," he added.

Asked about the poor form of their other opener Nitish Kumar, Bagai said he is still young and has a lot of time to prove his worth for the team in the years to come.

"He is just 16 and he probably doesn`t even know what is going on there. But he is young and simple boy and we would make sure he doesn`t get frustrated with his batting and keeps it simple and comes out with a positive experience rather than
a negative experience. He has a lot to years to show what he is capable of," he said.

Bagai, who was born in Delhi, also expected a lot of fan support for his team tomorrow as there are many Indians in the side.

"It feels great(to come back to India). I have a lot of friends and family too, my grand parents, cousins are all here, so it is a great feeling," he said.

"We have a lot of Indians in the side and we hope to get a good support here," he added.