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 Sunday, 22 December, 2002, 10:19 GMT
Ganguly upset at failure
New Zealand players pose at the presentation
A triumphant Kiwi team pose with the trophy
India captain Sourav Ganguly spoke of his frustration after New Zealand wrapped up the two-Test series with a four-wicket win in Hamilton.

It resulted in another failed road trip for India, who have not won a Test series outside the sub-continent since 1986 when Kapil Dev led his team to victory in England.

"It's really disappointing that we failed to win an away Test series again," Ganguly said.

Our bowlers were good enough to win this match for us as they put India under pressure

Stephen Fleming
New Zealand captain

India's rich batting resources were not suited on a bowler-friendly pitch.

The visitors made just 99 and 154 in an extraordinarily low-scoring affair, but Ganguly did not make excuses.

"I don't want to make an excuse, but the scores in the two Tests will give the answer," he said.

"I don't want to comment on pitches, whether they were seaming, bouncing or wet.

"Just two fifties from India and one from New Zealand in four innings show it was not an easy time for batsmen.

"There was quite a lot for seamers in both the matches and it was not easy going for batsmen."

Nervous

Skipper Stephen Fleming admitted nerves had set in as New Zealand started the fourth day on 24 for no loss in pursuit of 160 for victory.

"It was pretty tense really," Fleming said.

"Lack of concentration for half-an-hour could have turned the game. So, we were pretty nervous and under pressure.

Jacob Oram
Oram won the praises of Fleming with a good all-round showing

"The game was in balance when we were 90 for four and then 105 for five on that type of wicket.

"Neither side was able to dominate. It was superb to win the Test from such a situation.

"We are very excited and very delighted about the way we played in these conditions and it means a lot to us to win this series."

Fleming paid tribute to Fleming to all-rounder Jacob Oram, who scored an unbeaten 26 in only his second Test to steer his team home.

Oram also took four for 41 in the second innings to play a pivotal role in snuffing out a Indian revival.

"Oram played a good knock and also bowled well. He will be confident going into the one-day series," Fleming said.

The seven-match series begins in Auckland on December 26.

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