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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 March, 2003, 18:39 GMT
Lehmann: We were awesome
Darren Lehmann
By Darren Lehmann
Australia batsman

I said in my piece for BBC Sport before the final we were looking to play the perfect match and I think what you saw on Sunday was exactly that.

It's great to be relaxing now with one of Adam Gilchrist's cigars and a cold beer after playing in such a great way to win the World Cup final.

We are all going to drink solidly now until 5pm on Monday - because that's when our plane home is.

Darren Lehmann
Lehmann catches the last-man out to win the World Cup
You would have to say to score 359 and get them out for 230-odd is pretty much the perfect game.

I always knew if we got a good wicket then the top four would make the runs.

I didn't know they would make all the runs and most of us would not be needed to bat at all!

You only had to look at the way Zaheer Khan conceded 15 runs off the first over to see their bowlers were very nervous at the start.

Zaheer was sledging Matty Hayden and Gilchrist, trying to stamp his authority on the game, but it didn't work.

We had a great start, and then Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn had their amazing stand.

It's always dodgy to put a team in if you win the toss, I think that backfired, runs on the board is an easier way of doing it.

I had the pads on for 32 overs. It's something that doesn't happen too often in one-day cricket but it was just great to watch Ricky and Damien in action.

Damien coming off his injury had to get a bit of confidence early on. He played some good shots early on.

Lehmann and Bichel
Lehmann catches India captain Sourav Ganguly
That's one of our strengths, backing ourselves early on and making the opposing captain push the field back.

Damien had been speaking to Matty about backing himself - they are the best of mates - and that took the pressure off Ricky early on.

Ricky produced the perfect knock. And if he ever plays better than that I want to be there to see it happen.

He didn't miss a beat for the whole time. And as a captain he has kept us together as a group so well. I finally got in on the act with my direct hit to run out Virender Sehwag.

We practice these things a lot and it was an important wicket at an important time.

It was a great feeling to do something like that in a World Cup final.

Unfortunately right now we only have two or three days off before flying out to the West Indies.

But it has been a wonderful tournament for us.




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