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'Momentum with Australia in ODIs'

Ricky Ponting says his side is peaking at the right time in the one-day finals against India.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2004 19:26 IST
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Fresh from a seven-wicket win, Australia captain Ricky Ponting says his side is peaking at the right time in the one-day finals against India.

Australia won with 59 balls to spare at Melbourne Cricket Ground in the first final and Ponting said they had surfed to victory on the back of their five-wicket win in Perth on Sunday.

"We came into today's game fairly confident. Our record is pretty good in these bigger games," Ponting told a news conference on Friday.

"We've got a bit of momentum going in our favour and we seem to be peaking at the right time.

"We took early wickets (six for 75) and then (our) batting was very good all the way through.

"Although they did well to get 222 on the board, it was never going to be enough on that wicket." The second match of the best-of-three finals is on Sunday in Sydney.

Ponting, who top-scored on Friday with 88 off 80 balls, said India's stunning batting in the four-test series, which was drawn 1-1, could not have continued for the entire tour.

"Other than the last two games ... we haven't really gone through their top order at all throughout this whole summer so it's very pleasing that we have been able to do that at exactly the right time.

"With the momentum that we've got going in our favour, it's going to be very hard for them to fight back."

Paceman Brett Lee, who returned to form with 3-22 on a bouncy Perth wicket on Sunday, was a crucial ingredient in Australia's success on Friday, taking 2-34 with the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar for eight and Yuvraj Singh for 21.

"They are not getting any drives and not being able to hit through the covers or down the ground. He's testing out their techniques (against short-pitched bowling) at the moment which is exactly what we want to do," Ponting said.

India captain Saurav Ganguly said: "We did not play well at all which is a little disappointing.

"We've got one more chance in Sydney and I hope we forget about this and just look at the way we've batted right throughout the summer and try and put up a better performance in the next final.

"We just need to be a bit more hungry for runs in Sydney."