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I don't know how we won: Ganguly

Snatching a stunning 10-run victory from the jaws of defeat, a dazed Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said he still could not believe that his team had beaten South Africa in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2002 20:31 IST

Snatching a stunning 10-run victory from the jaws of defeat, a dazed Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said he still could not believe that his team had beaten South Africa in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday.

"I don't know how we won," Ganguly said after South Africa fell short of the 261-run target by ten runs in a thrilling encounter.

"It was fantastic."

Asked whether he thought all was lost when South Africa were cruising towards the target losing just one wicket, Ganguly said, "No we always thought it was a big total. But (Herschelle) Gibbs and (Jacques) Kallis played well."

"Then Harbhajan's two wickets in one over turned the match. And Sehwag. He can't do any thing wrong these days," Ganguly said.

He also praised the bowling of Zaheer Khan and the two superb catches taken by Yuvraj Singh.

"Yuvraj's catches were the best two I've seen."

Virender Sehwag, who won his second consecutive man-of-the-match award, after his 77-ball hundred which helped India humble England on Sunday, called his spell magical.

"I'm very happy. We had almost lost the match. But it was a magical spell," he said after returning figures of 5-0-25-3 to go with his 59 runs.

"I've been bowling for Delhi and also I bowled in my first one-day international against Australia," he said adding that now he was looking forward to Sunday's final against either World Champions Australia or hosts Sri Lanka.

South African captain Shaun Pollock was dejected at his not being able to finish the task. "We had eight wickets in hand. We needed to hammer it home. But in the end we were just not good enough. It was unfortunate," he said about the required 100 runs off 20 overs at one stage.

"We will sit together and make sure that we don't commit such a mistake again."
Pollock also praised India's batting. "The first 30 overs they were awesome. All credit to India."

On Gibbs retiring hurt, the skipper said Gibbs suffered cramps on both his hands. "We tried to retrieve him but it didn't work."

First Published: Sep 26, 2002 00:16 IST