Badani least perturbed by the opponents

Published: Saturday, December 27, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: With India 'A' already assured of a berth in the final of the Asian A Teams' tournament, skipper Hemang Badani said that the hosts were confident of taking on any side on December 30 and win the tournament.

"I don't know whom we will meet in the final. But it really doesn't matter. With our bowlers and batsmen doing right what they are supposed to do, we are ready to face either of Sri Lanka or Pakistan," Badani said.

Describing both the teams as good sides, he said, "as long as we do the basics right, there's no need to worry about the opponents".

Badani, who struck a captain's knock of unbeaten 85 and was adjudged the Man of the Match, hailed his bowlers for showing marked improvement since the opening match and giving an early jolt to the Lankan innings .

"All the three pacers - (Amit) Bhandari, Munaf (Patel) and (Sanjay) Bangar as also the spinners did well. There was some swing movement in air in the early session and the bowlers exploited that."

Asked about the possibility of his getting a berth in the senior team for the triangular series in Australia, Badani said his immediate target was to win the tournament in Kolkata.

Lanka skipper Russel Arnold was utterly disappointed at the loss after consecutive wins in first two matches, which made things difficult for them to reach the final. "If we fail to enter final, that will be very dissapointing as we had the early advantages. We have to win the next match."

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