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India confident of turning it around

India captain Unmukt Chand is confident that his side will respond from a first-up loss at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 with a strong display against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

India confident of turning it around - Cricket News
India captain Unmukt Chand is confident that his side will respond from a first-up loss at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 with a strong display against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
 
Chand's side struggled to deal with West Indian quicks Ronsford Beaton (3-33 off 10 overs) and Jerome Jones (2-23 off 10) on Sunday as they slumped to a four-wicket loss at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.
India now need to win their final two matches in Group C - against Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea - to progress to the Super League and their skipper is confident of doing so.
When quizzed if his team could still win the World Cup, Chand said: "Yes, definitely. In previous tournaments there has been a trend that we have lost a match in the league stage so it's alright for us.
"We have nothing to lose. We have two more matches and we know we will bounce back."
Chand - who has scored four centuries at Under-19 international level and has been compared to Virat Kohli - says his team will focus on getting a solid platform against Zimbabwe after they slumped to 50-4 inside 20 overs against the West Indies.
"We don't want to lose early wickets. That will be the focus," he said.
India coach Bharat Arun knows it will be difficult to win the tournament from here but remained optimistic about his team's chances.
"We can't afford to lose any more games, it's more or less like a knockout stage for us," Arun said.
"The World Cup is a high pressure tournament but we just take each game in our stride. We need to win every game. The Cup doesn't come easily to you."
Arun is hopeful Sandeep Sharma can replicate the form he showed on Sunday, in which he took two for 27 from his 10 overs and swung the ball repeatedly.
"Sandeep has been a bowler to whom you can throw the ball at anytime and he'll come up with a spell," he said.
"He's done it on many occasions in the past. His control over his swing makes him a very, very potent bowler. He can swing the ball both ways at will, that's what makes him special. It's not just about moving the ball either, he's been very consistent."
Other matches on Tuesday see Australia face Ireland while South Africa battle Namibia and New Zealand meet with Afghanistan.
 

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