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Ganguly gives credit to batsmen for win

Sourav Ganguly gave full credit to the batsmen for applying themselves well and expressed hope that the team would repeat the performance in the final.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2003 22:53 IST

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Saturday gave full credit to the batsmen for applying themselves very well and expressed hope that the team would repeat the performance in the final.

"It was a crucial toss to win and after that we batted very well to score over 350," Ganguly said after India scored an emphatic 145-run victory over the Kiwis in a do-or-die encounter.

"We applied ourselves very well. It just looks like we apply well when under pressure. It is essential that we continue to apply ourselves everyday," he said.

Commenting on India's chances in the final against world champion Australia on November 18, the Indian skipper said the team has performed well at the Eden Gardens in the past and expressed hope to do the same again.

"It's going to be a fantastic experience to play in front of 100,000 people. We have done well at Eden Gardens in the past and hope to do well again."

Ganguly, however, was not so forthcoming in praising his new ball bowlers, saying the real test will be when the total to defend was not so big.

"Yes they bowled well. But when there are 350 runs on the board you are relaxed. We will have to wait and see how they perform when there are 270 on the board," he said.

New Zealand's stand-in skipper Cris Cairns admitted that the two opener took the game away from them and they had no chance to come back after India had imposed such a huge total.

"The two Indian openers took the game away from us. They set the game very well and we had no chance to come back," Cairns said.

The all-rounder said the team was a bit worried about the performance in the opening department and also its 'death' bowling and said these points were needed to be sorted out before the next leg of the tour.

"We will now sit down and figure out our problems and try to improve on them before our next leg of the tour," Cairns said.

The New Zealand team will now head to Pakistan for a five match one-day series.

The team did a great job by not losing to India in the Test series and also lost only one limited overs match, he said, but quickly lamented the fact that "the only match they lost was the one which counted the most."

Man-of-the-match Virendra Sehwag, who scored a scintilating 130, said he had struggled against the Australians at Bangalore and had decided to occupy the crease as long as possible.

"I am coming after a back problem and had very little practice. But now I am finding my touch," he added.

First Published: Nov 15, 2003 22:44 IST