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Indians doing well under pressure, says Fleming

"Indians are beginning to look good.They are a naturally talented side," said the Kiwi captain.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 13:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

New Zealand skipper Stephen Flemingon Mondayconceded that the Indian team had started doing well under pressure but said the three-day break before the final of the Videocon Cup cricket tri-series would work in his side's favour.

"India's win against Zimbabwe on Sunday was a good 'dress-rehearsal' for them," Fleming said.

"They are a good side and have chased well in the past two games. Their top order has not functioned so far but then it is a dangerous thing to say. They are a naturally talented side".

Fleming looked forward to claiming the tri series in Tuesday's final and said it would be a good way to round up the Zimbabwe tour.

"We expect to win the finals and it would be a good way to finish the tour," said Fleming adding, however, that "Indians are beginning to look good."

"They had a good win over Zimbabwe on Sunday. The hosts put them under some pressure and it was a good dress-rehearsal for them to come out of it."

But "it is an advantage to have the three-day break and we would be fresh for it (the final)," he said.

The left-handed batsmen said his side was battling fitness worries on the count of Jacob Oram and Andre Adams but both were expected to be fit forthe final.

"It has been more of a help to batsmen but we have to see how it behaves tomorrow".

Fleming had harsh words for the super sub rule currently prevalent in the one-day game.

"I hate it, it is rubbish. A game is where you can put your best 11 in the park but that's not the case here. New Zealand cricket has no time for it."

"But yes, I like the Power Play concept as it involves more technical adjustment from the captain," he said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 13:10 IST