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India focused on finishing SA tour on a high: Rai

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Cape Town, Feb 23: India batsman Suresh Rai said that the third and fil Twenty Intertiol (T20I) on Saturday gives them a good chance of ending the tour of South Africa on a good note.

India lost the first two Tests before salvaging some pride with a brilliant win in the third Test. The visitors claimed their first One-Day Intertiol (ODI) bilateral series victory in South Africa with a 5-1 margin.

"We all had a word in team meeting (regarding the importance of the game). When you have done well in every game, you need to finish really well," Rai said at the pre-match press conference on Friday.

"(Captain) Virat Kohli does not take any game easily. And top of that, we have guys like (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (head coach) Ravi bhai (Shastri) who tell us that when you are playing deciders, it is all about enjoyment. It is about going there and win the game for the country. We are ready and excited," the Uttar Pradesh left-hander added.

Rai said that the fitness of pacer Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Kuldeep Yadav is being monitored by the doctors.

The 31-year-old, who has returned to the team for this series after a gap of a year, is relying on his tural game. "I am a player who always plays for the team and looks to make the most of the opportunity I get through my tural game. I look to improve in each and every game," he said. "You have to play your shots. You need to take your chance. You need to see where you fit in and a lot of matches are there."

He also defended spinners Kuldeep and Yuzvender Chahal who have not done so well in the past couple of matches. IANS

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