Nagpur: England cricket captain Andrew Strauss hopes that India would be deceived into taking his side lightly in Sunday`s much-anticipated World Cup match due to the rather scratchy performance in the opening win over the Netherlands.
England were handed a scare by the Dutch last night when Strauss` men were left to chase a challenging 292. Although the English won but Strauss conceded that the performance was anything but convincing on the bowling and fielding front.
"Hopefully India will take us lightly after this performance," Strauss told reporters at the VCA Ground in Nagpur.
"We generally raise our games against better sides. We are very excited about playing India in Bangalore. There will be a great atmosphere and we will back ourselves to beat them," he insisted.
Strauss heaped praise on Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who scored a scintillating 119-run knock besides knocking off a couple of wickets.
"I think you`ve got to give a lot of credit to Ryan ten Doeschate for the way he played. We`ve seen him do that for Essex, but on the big stage it`s a hard thing to do and he
played exceptionally well," he said.
On the positives he took from the match, Strauss said it has to be the fine batting which enabled the team to chase down the stiff target.
"We needed to get back on the horse pretty quickly with the bat and make sure we put in a good, solid, professional performance," he said.
"It was a little bit tighter than we wanted it at the end. We probably didn`t use the powerplay as we would have liked, but I think we always had the batting under control. We can take some confidence out of that," he added.