Punter warns India to expect backlash at Gabba

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Sydney, Mar 3 (UNI) After being comprehensively outplayed by India in the first final of the CB series, Australian captain Ricky Ponting has demanded an improved performance from his team mates in the second final at Brisbane tomorrow.

''All of us individually have to go away and think about where we went wrong in this game and look at areas we can improve. I've already spoken to the guys about that and I'm expecting a better performance from us tomorrow,'' Ponting said.

'India certainly outplayed us in most areas and well done to them,'' he said.

However, the 33-year-old Tasmanian said the Indian team should be high on confidence after the Sydney win but his players will come hard at the visitors.

''India have got their noses in front and we've got a lot of work to do. We're going to have to lift ourselves even more than we did today for tomorrow's game.

''That's the challenge that lies ahead of us. The resilience of our team is unquestionable,'' he said.

''We've been in this position before and we pride ourselves on the way we play in finals and I think you can expect us to bounce back pretty quickly,'' he added.

Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a match-winning century here yesterday, too, believes that India should be ready for a backlash from the Australians but said his team has the ammunition to counter the hosts' challenge.

''To beat them is extremely important and now we have to beat them a second time,'' Tendulkar said.

''Australia will be very determined to take the series to a third game but hopefully we can get the job done again.

''It won't be easy but we have shown that we can do it,'' he added.


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