It~~s a shame we got out inside 50 overs: Ganguly

Published: Sunday, October 21, 2001, 2:13 [IST]
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East London (South Africa): After another disappointing performance, Indian captain Saurav Ganguly came down heavily on his batsmen and said it was a 'shame' that his team was bowled out inside the quota of 50 overs.

"The saddest part is that we did not play five overs in the end. That's a shame," Ganguly said after India suffered a 46-run defeat to South Africa in the triangular One-day series match on Friday night. "With 40-odd runs needed from five overs and you have no wickets in hand... that's really a disgrace," he said. "This has happened for three matches running. First at Centurion against South Africa where we had three overs left, then at Port Elizabeth against Kenya where we were all out in the 41st over and then now here where as many as five overs were still to be bowled." India was bowled out for 236 in 44.4 overs in reply to South Africa's total of 282 for four and Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 71. "What can Dravid do when he doesn't have batsmen to stay with him," Ganguly, who himself played a sterling knock of 85 from 95 balls with six fours and four sixes to earn the man-of-the-match award, said. However, the Indian captain, who was caught by Jacques Kallis at the long-on boundary off Nicky Boje while trying for a big six, felt he should have stayed a bit longer. "I think I should have batted through instead of taking Boje head on," he said.

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