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We came here to win emphatically: Lara

Published: Monday, October 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Ahmedabad:''We came here to win this game emphatically, and we did that,'' said an elated Brian Lara after his side completed a rout of the Zimbabwe winning by nine wickets with more than 35 overs to spare.

''The bowlers had to get a run and they got five-six overs under the belt and performed well. We did well in the field too. We went out and batted with purpose, which was important,'' the West Indian skipper said.

Speaking about his own innings Lara said, ''It just happened. I just thought I should play each ball on its merit. I took the field into consideration as well. Yes I could have gone out there and blocked a few. But I get more confidence from my innings if I approach it the way I did.''

''We didn't know exactly how the pitch would play. After 30 overs we realised it was a very good pitch. The ball was coming on to the bat nicely and there wasn't too much bounce. Something like 200-plus was definitely on the cards for a team like Zimbabwe. We bowled well, but in saying that I think this pitch deserved for the game to go 100 overs,'' Lara added.

When asked whether he was dissapointed about the small crowd which was there to witness the match, Lara replied in negative.

''I understand that this is a very long tournament and that this is just the first stage. The people will come out when the more prominent teams arrive in the country. The Indians are great lovers of the game, and you have to remember India are playing here later, so the people might just be saving up their rupees for that game.''

The Zimbabwe skipper Prosper Utseya blamed his batsmen for not applying themselves. ''We didn't apply ourselves when we were batting. We tried to play too many shots early on. And at the same time there was some poor shot selection.'' Utseya further said that they would be going to go and work on their batting, the basics.

''To be honest we didn't play to the best of our ability today.

I'm sure we can do better in the matches to come.''

UNI

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