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The solitary New Zealand fan has much to rejoice over. His team has just handed India a resounding defeat in their first encounter in the tournament. There were a handful of his countrymen mingling with the locals at every match, to cheer their heroes. Little did they realize that their players had flattered only to deceive, despite two hundreds by Nathan Astle, failing to sustain their impressive start. But the New Zealand fan loves his cricket and supports his team loyally, even if he knows that it has rarely won tournaments.

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Date-stamped : 23 Apr2001 - 10:34