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We need to handle pressure: Streak

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak on Monday said his team was beginning to put up a "good fight" in the tri-series matches.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2004 19:18 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak on Monday said his team was beginning to put up a "good fight" in the tri-series matches but his young players should learn to handle the pressure in crunch situations to beat their rivals.

"We are giving a good fight to the top two teams but we must improve a lot to be able to win the matches," Streak said after his team suffered a 13-run defeat against Australia.

Streak said it was imperative for his team to make early inroads into the opposition batting to be able to restrict the score and chase it succesfully.

"We should try to get some early wickets, particularly in the first 15-0 overs", Streak, who claimed 3-45, said.

He also said that his middle order batsmen have been struggling right through the series which has affected the team to a great extent.

"The middle order batsmen are struggling. It is an area which we have to address," he said.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting praised his bowlers for their improved performance in the match.

"Bowlers gave an improved performance, more than what I expected," he said.

Ponting gave credit to the middle order for setting up good partnerships to take the team to a decent 279 for seven.

"It was a good batting partnership between Michael Bevan and Michael Clarke," said, Ponting who himself contributed 63 runs.

Bevan scored 75 and was associated with a 77-run partnership with Clarke (36) for the fourth wicket. Clarke, in association with Andrew Symonds, put on 41 runs for the sixth wicket.

Man-of-the-match Grant Flower said it was great that he could hit the ball well but it was "frustrating" that his contribution could not win the match.

"I did get frustrated but we should have got a few more runs," he said.

Flower, who opened the innings, scored a brilliant 94 for to provide a strong foundation, but his team ran out of steam in the end to be stopped at 266 for 8.

First Published: Jan 26, 2004 19:15 IST