Ponting relieved to have four Dutch points in the bag

Published: Friday, February 21, 2003, 5:08 [IST]
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Potchefstroom: The all-conquering Australians on Thursday came face to face with probably the only foes that can stop them in this World Cup - the rain and the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Skipper Richard Ponting admitted that the system for calculating revised totals was on their minds at most times during their match with Holland, which was interrupted by rain several times. "There were a lot of things going through our minds in the dressing rooms. "After the second rain interruption (28 overs), we wanted to make sure that we did not lose more wickets as that would affect us under the Duckworth-Lewis system," Ponting said.

Even when Australia was bowling, it made sure that the 25 overs required to make a match of it were got through quickly. Darren Lehmann and Andrew Symonds, who put in 15 overs between them at blistering pace, were told not to waste time between overs, Ponting said. "It was crucial for us to get full points from this match and I am happy that we have done that," he said.

Man-of-the-match Damien Martyn, who scored an unbeaten 67, said, "We weren't even expecting a game in the morning." The rain, which started on Wednesday, lasted till this morning. Ponting commended minnows Holland for putting up a brave fight. "I give full credit to them." Ronald Lefebvre, Holland's captain, said it was a good experience to play the mighty Australians. "Everyone (in our team) wanted to play the Aussies. We are here to learn and enjoy ourselves and I think we played very well," he said.

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