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We know how to fight: Jeetan Patel

August 24, 2012 20:12 IST

Their first innings is in disarray after losing five batsmen, but New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel says they know the art of "fight", expressing hope of staging a comeback in the first Test against India.

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New Zealand are trailing India by 332 runs and saving the follow-on will be a daunting task for them on Saturday.

"We have got the opportunity tomorrow, face the music, and fight what we know the best. The best thing about the Kiwi cricketers is we know how to fight. We have been in a lot of situation where we had to fight.

Jeetan Patel"Tomorrow is a good chance for the guys to get back in. Hopefully, if things get better, we can get closer to getting back into the game," Patel said.

He was critical of the wicket, but said they expected a strip that would help the hosts.

"I think the wicket has changed a little bit. But it's still slow and low with the seamers. It is taking more turn, probably a little more than we expected. Such as an under-prepared wicket and we expected that," he said.

Nevertheless, he gave due credit to India's bowlers.

"It is disappointing. It's as simple as that. They bowled some good balls and we nicked them. That is what happens in cricket. It's tough. It was always going to be a hard tour for us bowling first up on a wicket that does not help you. It's an opportunity to bowl plenty of overs against the best batsmen in the world."

Patel was the visitors' best bowler with four wickets and he said he would like to have more such performances to cement his place in the side.

"I always felt it's an opportunity. I had little success but we have got to do a lot of work.  Obviously, getting four-for is nice, but I will have to get more than that to get us over the line," Patel, who is New Zealand's main spinner in Daniel Vettori's absence, said.

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