At a media conference here after third day’s play, Carter said he was not sure whether the Kiwis, ahead by 244 runs with a wicket in hand, have sufficient runs on the board, but his bowlers can turn the game around. “We won’t know until we get on to the field. We have three young bowlers who are raring to go. We are going to go out there and looking to a fresh guard. We are going to look to make the ball swing and get into a good enough position to press for a win,” said Carter.
“If you look at the Indian line-up, it’s very strong. All our bowlers look forward to those challenges. Our bowlers are looking forward to bowl at the Indian top order once more.
“If the ball begins to swing early on and the pitch plays up and down, that’s going to be interesting. Hopefully, the pitch plays the same tomorrow (Monday) as well,” said Carter even as he singled out seamer Tim Southee, who had a haul of seven for 64 that restricted India to 353 in their first innings.
“I really thought it was a wonderful performance. In this Test after being selected, he really paid back the selectors and I think he really bowled very well to the overnight batsmen.
“To get Kohli, who was on a hundred, the way he did was an outstanding piece of bowling. Seven wickets in Indian is not just something that he would remember, that’s what we all would remember as well,” gushed Carter.
He had a word of praise for the pitch, saying: “We saw a very good pitch. If we hit the pitch hard, you can get the ball to carry. When Southee was bowling, he got some balls to lift and carry while some balls kept low. So hoping that as the Test match progresses, the pitch deteriorates as a normal wicket should do.”