~~Earlier loss to Kenya was eye opener~~

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2001, 16:16 [IST]
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Paarl (South Africa): After playing a superb knock to lead India into the final of the triangular One-day series, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said the defeat to Kenya earlier in the tournament had hurt the team and it wanted to 'hit back'.

"What happened in Port Elizabeth (against Kenya) really hurt us and we wanted to hit back," Tendulkar said about india's impressive 186-run victory against Kenya in the last league match. "It (the loss) was a good eye opener for us... I am glad we played well today and we would like to continue this," Tendulkar said after receiving the man-of-the-match award for his brilliant 146-run knock. Tendulkar and skipper Saurav Ganguly bettered their own world record opening wicket partnership when they raised 258 runs. Tendulkar said he was not eyeing the record but "it is not a bad thing to happen". Ganguly, who too scored a century, said the loss to Kenya earlier in the tournament was an aberration. "I have already said that was bit of an accident. It shouldn't happen again," he said, and added his team now needed to carry on the momentum into the final where it will play hosts South Africa in Durban on Friday. "That's going to be a big game... We have got to compete well... Bat well, that's going to be the key," he said. Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe, who returned to the playing eleven today after serving a two-match suspension, conceded that his team had given up hopes after India put up a huge total. "The minute we went out to bat, we knew the game was over... Honestly, there was nothing we could do... There was no way we were going to reach 350," he said. The first eight overs of the indian innings produced just 32 runs, but odumbe said his team was not overjoyed by this fact and was expecting Tendulkar and Ganguly to explode some time. "With Sachin (Tendulkar) and Ganguly, anything is possible. Today was a classic example. What they did to us, they have done to many other teams. It was expected of them to go ballistic at one point of time." Extras:
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