We were nervous, under pressure: Concedes Fleming

Published: Sunday, December 22, 2002, 19:09 [IST]
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Hamilton: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming conceded on Sunday his team was nervous before completing a four-wicket victory over India in the tense second and final Test.

New Zealand, resuming at 24 for no loss, needed 136 more runs to win the match and two-Test series 2-0. They finished at 160-6 to win the Test by four wickets, but not before surviving some anxious moments on a seamer-friendly pitch. "It was pretty tense really," said Fleming. "Lack of concentration for half-an-hour could have turned the game. So, we were pretty nervous and under pressure. "The game was in balance when we were 90/4 and then 105/5 on that type of wicket. Neither side was able to dominate. It was superb to win the Test from such a situation. "We are very excited and very delighted about the way we played in these conditions and it means a lot to us to win this series." Fleming was all praise for all-rounder Jacob Oram, who scored an unbeaten 26 under pressure in only his second Test to steer his team home in a low-scoring match. Oram also grabbed 4-41 in the second innings to lead his team's fightback on Saturday along with Daryl Tuffey. "He (Oram) played a good knock and also bowled well. He will be confident going into the one-day series," said Fleming, whose side will play seven One-day Internationals against the tourists. The first match starts at Auckland on December 26. "Our bowlers were good enough to win this match for us as they put Indians under pressure," said Fleming. "Even in the second innings, we bowled flat-out after being bowled out for 94, with Daryl starting it all in the first over to bring us back into the match." Tuffey, who bowled make-shift Indian opener Parthiv Patel in his first over of the second innings, was named man of the match for his 8-53 total haul. Fleming said the batsmen needed to show patience on the fast and bouncy wicket. "You've to get your scoring areas right (on this pitch) and be confident and patient. The bottom line was about defence and use the opportunities to score. That's what we tried to concentrate on. That wicket wasn't that bad."

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