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Last Updated:  Monday, 24 February, 2003, 16:25 GMT
Ponting praises Aussie batting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting
Ponting made 38 against Zimbabwe
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was well satisfied with his side's comfortable victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

The World Cup holders won the Pool A match by seven wickets to claim their 10th successive one-day victory.

Zimbabwe put up a spirited fight as they set a total of 246 for Australia to chase.

But the class of Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann told as the hosts failed to make much impact with the ball.

"It was a good win," said Ponting. "I thought their innings got away from us at the end but our batting was good.

"It won't do us any harm to have had a tough game, in fact it will do us good.

I thought today was a terrific day and we were happy to come here
Adam Gilchrist
"Obviously I'm pretty happy with the way we played and knew we could afford to lose wickets.

"It was good that Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann had some time in the middle and under a fair bit of pressure.

"They came through with shining colours, it was very pleasing.

"But partnerships are the key to victory - they also had some good partnerships in their innings."

Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was relieved to get the win and quick to point out the team were happy to have played the controversial fixture.

"It was nice to hit a few in the middle," said Gilchrist.

"I think our bowlers bowled well early on but Zimbabwe came back really well in the middle and posted a competitive total.

"We are relieved to get the four points. I thought today was a terrific day and we were happy to come here."


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