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'We played like champions'

Sourav Ganguly said India batted like champions against England and was pleased that things went according to his plan.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2002 21:44 IST

Wearing a triumphant smile on his face, skipper Saurav Ganguly on Sunday said India batted like champions against England and was pleased that everything went according to his plan.

"We played like champions and (Virender) Sehwag really took the sting out of the England attack," he said after India powered their way to the target of 270 with more than 10 overs to spare.

Ganguly, who scored is 19th one-day century, said the plan was that he would not go for shots at the beginning but would hang on and give as much of the strike as possible to Sehwag.

Answering the inevitable question on how the win compared to India's memorable victory at Lord's in the NatWest tri-series final in July, Ganguly said: "Every win is satisfying, but the one at Lord's was more satisfying, as was the Test win at Headingley."

He recalled that India had beaten South Africa in the semi-final in the last ICC Trophy and hoped it could be repeated when the two sides meet on September 25.

Ganguly was not satisfied with the Indian bowling in the middle overs, and thought they had given away too many runs. "We got the first two wickets in 10 overs, but slipped a bit thereafter...The middle overs were not good, this is something we have to work on."

He said the Indians had landed in Colombo somewhat tired and jaded after a long tour in England and did not have enough time to acclimatise themselves to the conditions here, but was satisfied that they could overcome this.

He had a word of regret for the run-out of V V S Laxman and admitted that it was his fault. "By the time Laxman went, we thought we had the match in our pocket, but I was a little sad for him, as he is a top class player, but gets to play in one-dayers only once in a while."

First Published: Sep 23, 2002 11:24 IST