We did every thing right except scoring runs: Ganguly

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 2:32 [IST]
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Centurion: After being thrashed by defending champions Australia by nine wickets in a World Cup league match on Saturday, India skipper Saurav Ganguly sarcastically summed up the day's performance saying his team did every thing right except scoring runs. Asked what went wrong after he won the toss and elected to bat, Ganguly said, "We did every thing right except putting runs on the board." "We need to pull up our socks with the batting. They bowled well, but it was a good wicket and we just did not apply ourselves," the skipper said after India failed to use the full quota of 50 overs for the second successive time.

After being bowled out for 204 by an amateur bowling attack of Holland in its opening match, the famed Indian batting plunged to a new low on Saturday when the champions packed them up for 125 in 41.5 overs, its lowest score in a World Cup game. Ganguly admitted that the Australians played well. "They played as a team and our downfall was a combination of both (good bowling and bad batting). They bowled well but we should have applied more." The skipper was immediately looking ahead to India's goal of reaching the next round.

"There is still a lot of cricket left in this tournament and we want to win the next four games. It is also important that we carry some important points to the Super Six stage," he said. Aussie captain Ricky Ponting was happy to get off to a superb start to the title defence with convincing wins over Asian big guns Pakistan and India in back to back matches. "Things are going well," he said. "(In hindsight) it was a good toss to lose. Our bowling was good and the fast bowlers did a great job," Ponting said.

According to Ponting, the turning point of the match was a series of successive maidens bowled by spearhead Glenn McGrath after Sachin Tendulkar threatened to stage another one man show. "Sachin scored some 12-16 runs in one over. But he (McGrath) bounced back brilliantly bowling consecutive maidens. That was the turning point," he said. Ponting was also pleased with his side's fielding. Paying tributes to Andrew Symond's brilliant work at the Super Sport park, he said the fielding standard will improve as the World Cup progress.

"It was a very good fielding performance. We hope to improve as the tournament goes on." Winner of the man-of-the-match award Jason Gillespie was happy with his 3-13 haul in 10 overs. "The ball came out well, moreover, we bowled well as a team," said Gillespie. "It's nice to be here," the fast bowler, who just made it to the World Cup after getting injured in the tri-series in Australia, said. On the competition in the Australian squad for a place in the playing eleven, Gillespie said, "It's a great thing." "It's great to have a competition (for a place in the team) that shows we have some great players.

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