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We didn't put enough runs on the board. We hadn't expected the toss to play that big a role. 210-220 would have been fight- ing. Dewy ball troubled us. It was a dry and turning wicket and the ball was sticking.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2005 16:41 IST
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We didn't put enough runs on the board. We hadn't expected the toss to play that big a role. 210-220 would have been fight- ing. Dewy ball troubled us. It was a dry and turning wicket and the ball was sticking.

Graeme Smith after second ODI loss


We won a good toss and also got early wickets. From there on we kept up the pressure. The ball was turning a bit and we knew they couldn't rotate strike on the spinners. Also, we have a lot of flexibility in the batting. No. 4 slot helped Sehwag break bad patch.

Rahul Dravid after winning second ODI

I bowled a stump-to-stump line. The wicket was on the slower side. All the bowlers did a good job. There was pressure on me when I came into bat so I had to change my game-plan a bit.

Irfan Pathan, Second ODI Man of the Match

"Winning the first game is always important because it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the series."

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith after winning first ODI

"It might have been a different story had we won the toss. But I am proud at the way we fought back through Yuvraj and the others. There is a lot of cricket to be played in the series and I am confident we will be back soon."

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid after losing first ODI

"We are aware that India is playing excellent cricket... but so are we. We have our strategies worked out to stop the India run machine and will be looking to become the first ever South African side to win a series here."

South AfricancoachMickey Arthur

"It's a great opportunity for the guys to show their skills in India. I believe even though we will be without Nicky Boje and Herschelle Gibbs, we have a good all-round team to take on India and win."

South African skipper Graeme Smith

"I have learned from him to bowl the doosra - basically an off spinner's googly - and have tried to model my action on his as well."

South African spinner Johan Botha

First Published: Nov 11, 2005 14:45 IST