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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 March, 2005, 10:13 GMT
India delight in second Test win
Kumble celebrates
Sourav Ganguly hailed as "fantastic" India's performance in beating Pakistan in a Calcutta Test for the first time.

The win puts India 1-0 up after the opening draw, with a match to play.

Captain Ganguly said: "After the last game in Mohali, where we were in a position to win the game, I thought we did pretty well to win here.

"They came back in the second innings but two outstanding knocks from Rahul (Dravid) and Dinesh (Karthik) put us in a position where we could force a win."

The job's not done yet from the team's point of view; we still have a series to win
Rahul Dravid

Man of the match Rahul Dravid paid tribute to the bowlers, especially Anil Kumble, whose 7-63 caused Pakistan's collapse for a 195-run verdict.

"The spinners led by Anil Kumble did a great job," said Dravid, who scored centuries in both innings.

"The wicket wasn't doing too much but Anil, Harbhajan (Singh) and the two quicks gave a great performance."

Asked to compare his performance with the rest of his career, he said: "This is special. I wouldn't want to rate it as the best.

"When you play knocks like this and the team wins it makes it all the more special."

Ganguly said he was not worried by criticism of his own batting form, despite making just 12 in each innings on his home ground.

"Winning is very important to me. The India-Pakistan matches are always big so everyone has his opinion," he said.

"I know I need to score runs. I have not scored in only the last three innings."

The two sides have little time to recover as the third Test begins in Bangalore on Thursday.

India's selectors named an unchanged squad, with back-up batsman Yuvraj Singh again preferred to Mohammad Kaif.

"The job's not done yet from the team's point of view; we still have a series to win," added Dravid.

Ganguly said: "We play well in Bangalore but history matters little - we'd never won against Pakistan at Eden Gardens [before]."


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