Surprised that India chose to bat: Edwards
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 00:00
  
Surprised that India chose to bat: EdwardsKingston (Jamaica): West Indies speedster Fidel Edwards was surprised that India chose to bat on a bouncy Sabina Park wicket in the first Test on Monday.

Edwards, who made a successful comeback with a four-wicket haul in his first Test in two years, said losing the toss worked for the West Indies.

"We were a bit surprised they chose to bat on that wicket. Our plan was to field first, take early wickets and it worked out for us anyway," said Edwards.

Edwards sent back Virat Kohli in his initial spell and came back to clean India`s tail, taking three wickets, and folded the visitors to 246 all out. The 29-year-old said he was pleased with his effort after coming back from a long injury lay-off.

"It was a good feeling to get back onto the field and contribute to the team`s cause. It was a good start for me and it is good to make my comeback in Jamaica."

"I have not played a lot of cricket leading up to this match and bowling first up was a bit harsh, but I got into the rhythm after that."

Edwards said his team will look to post 400 runs plus total.
"We would like to get at least 400 runs on this track and try to bat once. The pitch is turning a lot and has some bounce, but it is not as fast as I would like it to be. The ball was swinging a bit early on, so we tried to bowl in good areas, and bowl one side of the wicket before trying to mix it up to each batsman," he said.

West Indies had India tottering at 85 for six at one stage. Edwards said the home team missed the opportunity of keeping the visitors under 150. Suresh Raina (82) and Harbhajan Singh (70) led India`s fight back. "Our initial plan was to bowl them out for 250 or less. But after we got them six down for 85 we wanted to bowl them out under 150," he said.

IANS

First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 00:00


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