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Ganguly happy with bowlers' performance

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September 16, 2005

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Sourav Ganguly, the Indian captain, has praised the bowlers, Irfan Pathan in particular, for an impressive performance that gave India victory by an innings and 90 runs against Zimbabwe in the first Test at Bulawayo.

"We bowled well in the second innings. It is a good sign that Irfan [Pathan] got a few wickets with the new ball while they were playing our spinners well. Pathan clicked, Laxman was best, Dravid played well and Harbhajan's performances were the main highlights to be noted here." Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.

"The pressure was always going to be there as I have not played well for the last 6-7 months, plus expectations were there from me," Ganguly added when asked about his century under pressure.

Tatenda Taibu, the Zimbabwe captain, commended his team's performance in the first innings. "Our guys delivered better in the first innings but a score of 300 plus would have been better," said Taibu. "It was a different story today. Our guys played spin well but the ball was swinging a lot and that did the damage to our side."

Irfan Pathan, the Man of the Match with nine wickets and a half century, was happy with his performance. "The ball was swinging well and I could get a few wickets. It seems it is going to be pretty well from here onwards," said Pathan. "I've got some experience to swing the ball here. I was not bowling badly but a bit short, I realised that and changed it [the length] and got the wickets. It could have been a better performance as I am working hard. I am working hard on batting and will definitely improve."

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