It wasn't a great performance by any stretch

Published: Monday, March 8, 2010, 13:23 [IST]
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It wasn't a great performance: Ponting

Auckland: Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed relief after Australia levelled their One Day International series against New Zealand with a narrow win in Auckland.

"It wasn't a great performance by any stretch of the imagination but we did enough to win which is pleasing," Ponting said.

Australia made 273 for seven in their 50 overs and battled hard for a 12-run Duckworth/Lewis method victory at Eden Park in Auckland after the Black Caps' target was revised to 266 from 45 overs following a brief interval for rain.

Ponting admitted his side's performance had been poor, but the Aussie captain said he was just happy to get over the line under the circumstances.

Ponting felt Mitchell Johnson, who was fined 60% of his match fee for a heated altercation with Scott Styris in the Napier game, was the main difference between the two sides.

"It looks like it spurred him on if anything. To come out and bowl the way he did was really good," said the Australia skipper.

The third ODI is in Hamilton on Tuesday, March 09.

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