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We don't want easy matches: Kirsten

India might have been made to toil hard by Ireland but coach Gary Kirsten is happy that his side has not got any "easy matches" so far in the World Cup as this has helped Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men get a hang of different situations.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2011 01:07 IST

India might have been made to toil hard by Ireland but coach Gary Kirsten is happy that his side has not got any "easy matches" so far in the World Cup as this has helped Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men get a hang of different situations.

India made heavy weather of what seemed to be a comfortable chase of 208 against the associate nation last night.

India endured stiff tests even in their previous matches - against Bangladesh and England - winning the former and managing to tie the latter.

"It was important that we chased and got used to batting second and getting to understand what to do in different situations," said Kirsten.

"Two points is everything and we will face different challenges in different games, we don't want to have easy games all the way through," he added.

India are now up against another minnow, the Netherlands, on Wednesday and Kirsten said all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has struck form just at the right time. "Yuvraj did well," he said. "I am pleased with the way he went about his batting."