India will have a fight if Aussies score 270: Gavaskar

Former Test opener feels Kotla wicket is slowly settling down and Day 2 could be the best to bat in the fourth and final Test.

updated: March 22, 2013 19:51 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar feels India will have a fight on their hands if Australia manage to score anything between 260-270 in their first innings. The visitors were 231 for eight at stumps on Day 1 of the fourth Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday after stand-in skipper Shane Watson won the toss.

Gavaskar was all praise for Peter Siddle, whose unbeaten 47 off 125 balls, helped Australia survive another humiliation against Indian spinners. Siddle is the highest run-getter after Steven Smith arrested an Aussie slide with a well-made 46. "He showed great heart with the ball in Mohali and here at Kotla, Siddle has shown great fight with the bat," the NDTV expert said.

Apart from the Aussie capitulation against Indian spinners, the Kotla wicket's behavior surprised many. An Ishant Sharma delivery reared up from good length spot to hit Phil Hughes in the grill. VVS Laxman even called the deck "a Day 3 wicket". But Gavaskar feels the Kotla pitch was "settling down after tea."

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