We'll look to get 550: McKenzie

The South Africa opener, who scored 94 on Wednesday, says his team would look to stretch their first innings score.

updated: April 15, 2008 12:13 IST
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South Africa will be looking to add another 100-150 runs on Thursday to push for a possible win in the first cricket Test against India here, opening batsman Neil McKenzie said.

The right-hander, who provided a solid foundation to the Proteas with a sparkling 94, conceded that a lot of cricket was left in the match, but was happy that his team had made a good start as the wicket would deteriorate with time.

"Still a long way to go. We have no illusions. Once the wicket gets to wear down, it will be difficult to bat on. I think another 100 to 150 runs tomorrow will be a good total and anything above that will be a bonus," McKenzie, who added 132 for the opening wicket with captain Graeme Smith, said after South Africa ended day one on 304 for four.

"In Test cricket, it is good to get a huge first innings score." He was also confident that the team still had quality batsmen to take the side to a big score.

"We have dependable batsmen in Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers. If one of them comes up with a good individual score, it should be enough to fight our way for a possible win."

McKenzie admitted it was tough batting against high class spinners like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, but said his previous experience of conditions in the sub-continent came to his assistance.