Ishant lives on hope after superb bowling effort

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 08:41 AM IST

London: Despite being set a stiff target, India pacer Ishant Sharma has expressed optimism after the fourth day`s play of the first cricket Test against England at Lord`s.

England set India a world-record 458 to win the Test after Matt Prior struck an unbeaten century and Stuart Broad a fifty-plus knock.

No team has ever scored more than 344 in the fourth innings to win a Test match at this venue, but Ishant was optimistic.

"The way they (Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman) are batting I don`t think we will need the others to bat tomorrow," replied Ishant when asked about Gautam Gambhir who was rushed to an hospital for an x-ray after being hit on the arm while fielding at short leg in England`s second innings.

Ishant, who consistently troubled the English batsmen to finish with impressive figures of four for 59 in the second innings, added that the atmosphere in the dressing room is always positive and the team is always confident under Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s leadership.

Prior was as expected delighted to have struck his third century at the hallowed ground and hoped to score many more.

"It always feels great to score here," the England wicketkeeper-batsman said.

He was also bullish about his team`s chance on Monday.

"The odd one is keeping low and turning and I am sure Swanee (off-spinner Graeme Swann) will come into play tomorrow," Prior said.

PTI