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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 21:07 GMT
Ganguly demands India focus
Sourav Ganguly has called on his India team to put the World Cup wins behind them and concentrate on Sunday's final against Australia.

India reached their first World Cup final for 20 years after a 91-run victory over Kenya in Durban on Thursday, with Ganguly hitting his third century of the tournament.

Zaheer Khan took three for 14
The seamers bowled fantastically - they bowled in the right places and with good pace
Sourav Ganguly

"I told the team that these are the two most important games of our career," Ganguly said.

"We've got through one but we need to fire in the next so we have to put behind us the last 10 games."

India have just two days before the final, a day match in Johannesburg.

"We will have to have a good rest and work out our game," said Ganguly.

"We need to stay focused and believe we can win the tournament."

The day-night defeat of Kenya was India's eighth consecutive victory, with the only blemish in their World Cup campaign a nine-wicket loss to Australia a month ago.

However, Ganguly said the side had learnt much from their experiences since that loss.

"It is important not to lose early wickets in these conditions," he explained.

"The wicket helps early on but if you don't lose wickets you can get a big total with runs at the end of the innings."

It was a plan that worked well at Kingsmead, with 82 runs coming off India's final 10 overs.

But pace bowlers Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra also had a part to play, sharing six wickets, Zaheer finishing with three for 14.

The only worry from the semi was a finger injury to wicket-keeper batsman Rahul Dravid, although India insisted he should be fit for the final.




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