West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is hoping that a final-day run-chase will spur his batsmen into lifting their performance as the second Test against India draws to a conclusion.

“We need to hope to bowl them out and see if there is a possibility of a run-chase,” Gibson said after day four. “The way we have batted, they might still think they can win the match and give us an opportunity.

“If they are generous, they might give us a target. It could be an interesting last day. We bowled them out for 200 in the first innings and couldn’t get those runs in our innings. They might think they have enough. We tried to chase 300 in Jamaica and though we fell short by 63 runs we did well at the start of that chase.

“We’ve got to believe that our batsmen will come good at some point. If there is a chase tomorrow the batsmen might be spurred to perform…”

Gibson also defended the West Indies’ tactics after they chose not to take the second new ball in the closing stages of the day, pointing out that the four-man attack was tired and could have conceded easy runs with the hard ball.


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