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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006, 13:19 GMT
Harmison harbours victory hopes
S Harmison
Harmison's removal of Virender Sehwag got the ball rolling
England's Steve Harmison saw his confidence boosted by a helpful wicket and believes the tourists can still win the second Test against India.

Harmison took the wicket of Virender Sehwag early on as India reached 149-4 in reply to England's 300 all out.

The Durham man said: "It was nice to generate a bit of bounce out there.

"Once the short ball is in I feel I'm more of a threat and I am pleased with the performance we gave. Now we need to get some wickets in the morning."

Harmison contrasted the relatively lively surface at Mohali with the dead conditions in Nagpur, venue of the drawn first Test.

"Last week all the Indian batsmen just rocked forward and I didn't have much answer to it," he said.

The chances of a result have been reduced with so much time lost to rain on the first two days.

But Harmison insisted: "Everyone thought last night that it would be a bit of a boring draw but there's still plenty of time left.

"We made a good game of it last week, hopefully we can do the same again. There's a lot left in this pitch.

I missed a couple of chances in the last Test but overall I feel very good with the gloves
Geraint Jones

"The spinners will obviously come into the game but the wicket will also go a bit up and down. If that's the case our bowlers are well suited to it."

Geraint Jones, who scored an important 52, struggled early on against Anil Kumble but was pleased to come through the examination.

"It wasn't my best innings by any means," he said.

"I thought I was batting with my eyes closed at times and it took a while for me to get going.

"Kumble is difficult to read with his bounce and he fizzes it through at a good pace. But when I'm up against it that's when I battle best."

Jones feels his wicket-keeping is not letting the side down, despite further criticism about his technique after the Nagpur Test.

He said: "I missed a couple of chances in the last Test but overall I feel very good with the gloves.

"I'm there for my keeping as much as my batting."

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