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Will exploit our spin options: Kohli
Monday 17 October 2011

After beating England in commanding fashion in the first ODI in Hyderabad, India are looking to build on that rather encouraging performance by continuing their winning momentum in the 2nd ODI in New Delhi.

India batsman Virat Kohli said the team is hoping to make the most of its spin attack against England after taking a 1-0 lead in the ongoing five-game one-day series.

"We will try to exploit our spin strength and hope the spinners help us capitalize in the middle overs," Kohli said ahead of the second game in New Delhi on Monday. "The win in the first game at Hyderabad was a big confidence booster for us, especially because it was by a convincing margin."

Kohli, who has played 65 ODIs and was a member of this year's World Cup winning squad, said it was good to see the team win despite the absence of key players like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.

"It is very exciting to see a lot of youngsters perform well. Performing well against a top side like England can give them a lot of confidence," said Kohli, who felt the 3-0 scoreline in the five-game one-day series in England was not an accurate reflection of the series.

"We played well in the one-day series in England too, it was only a question of crossing the line. We've always kept our heads high, we've been in that calm and collected space and that is why we are able to do well," he said.

Kohli said it would take time to adjust to new rules which include the use of a new ball from each end and a stipulation that batting and bowling powerplays be exhausted between the 16th and 40th overs.

"The rules seem to be a good change but are confusing as of now. It will take time to get used to them but matches can be exciting," he said.

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