Ponting - We were outplayed

Australia captain still searching for first win in India as skipper

By Joie Drabble.   Last Updated: 05/10/10 11:53am

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted his side were outplayed in the first Test against India, but he was pleased to take plenty of positives from the one-wicket defeat.

Ponting nearly masterminded an incredible fightback in Mohali, only for India to edge to victory by the narrowest of margins.

The result leaves Ponting still searching for his first win in India as captain, a feat he must achieve in Bangalore to prevent Australia losing the two-Test series.

Speaking after the match, the Australia skipper said: "It's one of the most exciting Test matches I've played in. I've played nearly 150 now and that's right up there at the top of the list.

"Full credit to India for fighting out the win the way they did today. They outplayed us, we weren't quite good enough to get across the line, but obviously we can take a lot of good, positive signs out of the game.

"To come here off a long break and play as well as we have done in the first Test was a great effort."

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