WC 2003 - Beating Pakistan not the end, lot of work to be done

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2003, 22:10 [IST]
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Johannesburg: After defeating arch-rivals Pakistan, Saurav Ganguly's India will return home as heroes even if they did not win another game at the World Cup.But Ganguly insists Saturday's rousing six-wicket win at Centurion was the perfect launching pad to move ahead in the tournament when the Super Sixes start next Friday."Beating Pakistan does not mean we have won the World Cup," the Indian captain said on Sunday. "A lot of work remains to be done and we don't want to be caught napping."This was a big win not because of the celebrations but because of our future in the World Cup."

The Indians, whose only loss in the league came against Australia, will carry forward eight points into the Super Sixes - four gained against the third-placed qualifier and four more from the non-qualifiers.Their opponents for the three matches in the Super Sixes will be known only on Tuesday when the Group 'B' league ends. Kenya is the only ones from the other group assured of a place in the next round, while Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand battle for the two remaining spots.India will play the second-placed team from Group 'B' in its first Super Sixes match under the Newlands lights at Cape Town on Friday.

It then clashes with Group 'B' winner at the Wanderers on March 10 before returning to SuperSport Park in Centurion for the last match against the third team from Group 'B' on March 15.It will be India's third game in Centurion, having lost to Australia there on February 15 before defeating Pakistan on Saturday. "It's not a bad thing to play again in Centurion," Ganguly said. "The wicket is good and we are quite familiar with the ground."We have a week's break before our first Super Six game, we'll relax a bit but stay focussed on the task at hand." Copyright AFP 2001

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