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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 February, 2003, 12:09 GMT

Ganguly dismisses Namibia upset
Captain Sourav Ganguly is confident India can take another step closer to the Super Sixes with victory over Namibia in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly look up at the scoreboard against Zimbabwe
Tendulkar's form will give Ganguly and India a huge boost

The Indians are currently joint-second in Group A thanks to their convincing win over Zimbabwe in Harare on Wednesday.

Their 83-run victory not only provided a much-needed confidence boost, it also quelled some of the media and public criticism back home.

Although the Namibians proved they are no pushovers in their 55-run defeat against England, Ganguly believes his side will notch their third victory of the tournament.

"I have followed their games and we should beat them comfortably," said Ganguly, who is expected to drop down the batting order once more so Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag can open the innings.

Tendulkar was back to his brilliant best after his 81 in Harare.

But the rest of India's much-vaunted batting order failed to live up to their reputations after Tendulkar's dismissal.

And Ganguly acknowledged his team are still short of the form that won them the Nat West Series and the ICC Champions Trophy last year.

"Although a win always raises a smile in the dressing room, we were still only up to 80% of our game against Zimbabwe," he said.

The Namibians will be buoyed by their fighting performance against England in Port Elizabeth.

Jan-Berry Burger was the pick of the batsmen, hitting an inspired 85 while medium pacer Rudie van Vuuren captured five wickets with the ball.

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