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The Bond factor continues to haunt the Indians

Ganguly acknowledged the Bond factor and said it is up to his top order batsmen to come up with an answer.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2005 13:08 IST

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and his Kiwi counterpart Stephen Fleming chose to dwell on one factor which could have an immense bearing in the triangular series in coming days - the Shane Bond Factor.

An hour after the game had finished in New Zealand's favour with Bond returning the best-ever figures for a New Zealand bowler in one-dayers, Fleming lost little time in declaring that he could have a psychological hold over Indians in coming games.

"He was difficult for them in the World Cup and now he again has them on the run," said Fleming, adding that it was remarkable the way Bond worked up pace and bounce on such a benign wicket at Bulawayo.

Ganguly acknowledged the Bond factor and said it is up to his top order batsmen to come up with an answer against the express fast New Zealand bowler.

"I wouldn't say whether they should try to attack or defend or just see him through. Everyone has his own way of dealing with issues."

"But yes, we have to find a way to ensure he doesn't get early wickets. Probably we have to play him on merit and back ourselves a bit more against him."

Fleming said he felt happy the way his middle order batsmen turned things around and how Bond came back to make his presence felt.

"In just five overs, he raised visions for our win. Without him we were probably 50-60 runs too short.

"They fought well but having Bond in reserve for three more overs was great."

Ganguly praised his ninth wicket pair of JP Yadav and Irfan Pathan who raised the possibility of a miraculous win with a stand of 118 from 144 balls.

"They batted very well but there was always this danger that just one wicket and it could be all over for us."

"They batted well but the key would again be the new ball. It is different when the ball is new from when it gets older."

"But the ninth wicket pair played very well and it is an eyeopener for everybody to keep on fighting."

"We bowled well but didn't bat well. When you are 44 for 8 it pretty much sums up everything."

Ganguly said the reason why Venugopal Rao was promoted at number three was to give him opportunity.

"Number five, six and seven are pretty important positions and we have experienced players at those slots. Rao has batted up the order for his state side and that's why he was sent in at number three."

First Published: Aug 28, 2005 13:08 IST