Ganguly confident on eve of second ODI

Published: Monday, December 4, 2000, 23:20 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: Saurav Ganguly and his boys are all confident after their win in the first One-dayer and start as favourites in the second match at the Motera Stadium. The city is geared to witness another close battle between the two teams after the close encounter at Cuttuck in the first match.Ganguly was delighted that his boys pulled off a win after they were in dire straits and at one stage the match was going the Zimbabwean way. "Badani played very well and showed lot of maturity.

The best part of his innings was that he realised that after Rahul Dravid's departure (run out in a mix-up with Badani), he had to take charge of the situation and did exactly that," the Indian skipper said.Ganguly admitted that the win at Cuttack was very important, but at the same time showed the performance of the team was a shade mediocre. "When you have a foreign coach, physical trainer and some players who have played more than 100 ODIs, how can you drop as many as seven catches in 50 overs only?"Ganguly said that he would talk to the players on this aspect and hoped that the Indian fielding would be much better on Tuesday. Zimbabwe, who are always a dangerous side in One-day cricket, hope to reverse the verdict in the second match.

And the good news for them is that both Henry Olonga and Travis Friend are totally fit. "It was bit of inexperience that cost us the match at Cuttack. We bowled well, but failed to get a wicket at a crucial time. I do understand it is difficult for our bowlers to get adjusted to Indian pitches and bowl well. But, our batting has been coming good and I'll opt to bat first in case I win the toss again," Streak told Thatscricket.com.Streak also felt that it would be easier to win a match by batting first rather than chasing a score.

But, to achieve that he also suggested that the side batting first must have at least 275 to 280 runs on the board. The Ahemdabad wicket looks full of runs and the side winning the toss is likely to make first use of the wicket.

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