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We must exploit conditions: Bell

Describing the cold weather here as ‘very English’, English opener Ian Bell on Monday said that the England pacers will have to exploit the conditions well in order to level the five-match ODI cricket series when they take on India in the fourth and penultimate match on Wednesday.

Trailing 1-2, England are in a must-win situation here to keep the series alive.

‘(The condition) more familiar than we had in the last couple of games. Obviously, it is nice to get out a little bit of breeze, sure helps everyone,’ Bell said after his team’s net session at the PCA stadium here on Monday.

‘Hopefully, in the next couple of days we will get an opportunity to put up performance like we did in the first ODI and hopefully go 2-2 (in the series),’ he added.

Admitting that England played poor cricket in the previous ODI at Ranchi, where they were bundled out for paltry 155 that the hosts chased down comfortably, Bell said they would have to make amends ahead of the fourth One-dayer here.

‘If we are going to get 150, that’s not going to challenge India at all in these conditions. We have to get a platform, our middle order is very powerful and destructive. We need to get foundation and a platform for our big hitters in the middle, which can keep us going.

‘We have been a little bit disappointed with the way we have played (the last two games). We haven’t really put up performance to challenge India at all. Like any game, whether we win or lose, we take our positive and try to work out on areas where we can get better and improve,’ he said.

‘May be, we did not adapt to the conditions quite well in the last game,’ Bell added.

The batsman, however, does not see India having any edge in the Mohali game by virtue of being ahead in the series. ‘We have to keep believing that we can win to perform and play well.’
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