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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 February, 2004, 13:07 GMT
Dravid eager for VB final
Irfan Pathan
All the fast bowlers came in and bowled really well
Rahul Dravid
Acting captain Rahul Dravid admitted India would have to raise their game in the VB Series final against Australia after beating Zimbabwe by four wickets.

Their powerful batting line-up struggled on a bouncy Perth wicket despite a modest victory target of 136.

"It was a tough day but I think we stuck it out well at the end and managed to pull off a good win.

"It will be nice to get back to Melbourne where we've had a bit of success," said Dravid.

He led the team to give Sourav Ganguly a break ahead of the best-of-three final, the first game of which takes place on Friday.

It gives India an opportunity to avenge last year's World Cup final defeat by Australia in South Africa.

"We believe on our day we can win. Obviously they are the number one side in the world but it's a great opportunity for us. We'll go out there and give our best."

Their task against Zimbabwe should have been straightforward after their seam attack bowled out their opponents in 34.4 overs.

Youngster Irfan Pathan led the way with 4-24 and he was named Man of the Match.

"I wasn't happy in the last match, but I've worked in the nets on my bowling.

"I've learned a lot on this tour. I wasn't trying too hard today - I had to bowl line and length," he said.

Zimbabwe return home for a series against Bangladesh, having failed to win a single match.

We've really enjoyed Australia and look forward to coming back
Heath Streak

Skipper Heath Streak stayed positive, however, insisting that his side had been "competitive".

He said: "Generally we've bowled and fielded pretty well. We did pick ourselves up after a couple of bad losses early on.

"When you think that we're missing some our main batsmen, hopefully when they come back into the fold we can be a lot better unit."

Streak added: "200 on that wicket was a competitive total and had we got to that mark - we had them six down and dropped Badani - anything could have happened."





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