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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 16:15 GMT

Ponting hails Aussie attack
Gillespie was Australia's main man

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was full of praise for his team's awesome bowling display against India at Centurion.

The reigning champions soared to a nine-wicket victory on Saturday after Jason Gillespie led a deadly pace assault to skittle India's batsmen with more than eight overs to spare.

Gillespie grabbed 3-13 from 10 superb overs and Brett Lee took 3-36 as the Indians slumped to their lowest World Cup score of 125 in front a packed house of 25,000 spectators.

"We bowled very well and put the pressure on them," said Ponting afterwards.

We bowled well as a team and that's what got us over the line
Jason Gillespie
"We knew we had to take wickets with the new ball and did that."

Australia were in devastating form as they marched to their second successive victory in Group A.

Brad Hogg, Glenn McGrath and Darren Lehmann also got in the action with a wicket apiece.

But it was Gillespie's performance that earned the Man of the Match award.

"It felt great," Gillespie said after the match. "We bowled well as a team and that's what got us over the line.

"I had a bit of an elbow injury during the VB series which kept me out of that, but it's great to be here and participating."

The 27-year-old paceman got off to a blistering start, taking a wicket with his first ball as Rahul Dravid played on to his stumps.

Gillespie earned his second wicket soon after when Mohammad Kaif hooked a short ball to Andrew Symonds at deep square leg to give the Australian 2-2 from three overs.

After conceding just six runs in his next five overs, Gillespie finally grabbed the wicket the Australians wanted most.

Sachin Tendulkar, who faced 59 deliveries for 36, was caught plumb in front of the wicket.

"We decided before the game that Brett would take the new ball to see if he could rattle the batsmen," said Gillespie.

"A couple of wickets fell early on and I just chipped in. It was vital to get Tendulkar out because he was looking good."

Ponting also applauded the rest of his team in eventually holding India to a paltry 125 all out.

"It was overall a very good fielding performance by us and we're looking to improve on our fielding as the tournament goes on," he added.

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