India have a great chance of winning second Test: Harbhajan

Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 23:38 PM IST

Durban: Ace spinner Harbhajan Singh feels India have a great chance of winning the second Test against South Africa provided they bat well in the first session and post a target of over 300.

In a day in which 18 wickets fell, India finished on top with an overall lead of 166 runs with six wickets in hand and Harbhajan said the onus would be on VVS Laxman and Cheteshwar Pujara to help India set a target of over 300.

"Tomorrow is a big day. It is the day for us to level the series. Just need to have faith in our abilities. Back ourselves to score on this wicket," Harbhajan told reporters at the post-match press conference.

"There`s still lot of cricket left. We don`t want to be complacent. We want to bat well tomorrow. Hope (VVS) Laxman and (Cheteshwar) Pujara can bat a long time and get a lot of runs on the board, and then we`ll take it from there.”

"We need to make sure we score more than 300. If we do score more than 300, we definitely have a very good chance. If we bat well tomorrow we can definitely score a lot of runs. If you survive the first session we have a great chance to win the Test match," he added.

Harbhajan (4/10)and Zaheer Khan (3/36) wrecked havoc to dismiss South Africa for 131 today and help India manage a 74-run first innings lead here and the offie said the bowlers got rewarded for bowling in good areas.

"Obviously when you get wickets you can`t complain. It was nice to be out there taking wickets. All the bowlers bowled really well. We got the reward for bowling in good areas," he said.

"There is extra bounce but you still need to be very sure of length. Slightly short can go for runs. Slightly fuller also can go for runs.”

"I`m taking from a spinner point of view. Fast bowlers obviously need to make batsmen come forward. They are big time in the game then. But spinners, you can go for runs. Sides are also small. With bounce you can connect well," he added.

PTI