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Monday, October 13, 2008

India do play a lot of drawn games: Ponting

BANGALORE: Frustrated Australia captain Ricky Ponting took a swipe at India's negativity after the first Test ended in a draw on Monday.

"We were the only ones in the game trying to take the game forward. We played aggressive cricket. I am not surprised by the way they played, the Indian team do play a lot of drawn games," Ponting said.

India clung on for a draw at 177 for four after being set an unlikely winning target of 299 on a difficult pitch.

"We thought we had a really good contest on our hands today," Ponting added.

"We got some extra runs we thought might have needed. We gave it our best shot with the ball but we just didn't create enough opportunities today.

"We played good cricket, there is no doubt about that, we dominated this test match pretty much from the second or third over on the first day.

"We could not win it at the end, but it was a pretty good start to the series for us."

Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 49 in India's second innings, dismissed 14 runs short of equalling Brian Lara's world runs record.

India paceman Zaheer Khan said Australia's failure to force a victory would put them under more pressure for the remainder of the series.

The second Test in the four-match series starts in Mohali on Friday.

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