India didn~~t win, only my wards lost: Coach

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:After his wards went down to the Indian colts in the first One-dayer by 41 runs England under-19 coach Andy Moles felt it was the case of the hosts losing it, rather than the visitors winning.

He pointed out that England were going smoothly in reply to India's 249 for four but the setting sun caused problems for the batsmen and the temporary halt disturbed the hosts.

''It was disappointing not to win but I thought we were the better team for three-quarters of the game until we came off for bad light. We were knocking it around comfortably but when we came off we lost our way a little bit.

''Through the break we spoke about staying focused but the Indians got an early break with a needless run out and played very well from there. But it was definitely a case of us losing the game rather than them winning it,'' Moles told the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Incidentally, Mark Nelson was run out soon after play resumed and skipper Varun Chopra's 55 could not see the hosts reach the revised target of 228.

The coach, however, was especially pleased with the efforts of his bowlers.

''Nelson bowled very well in the middle of the innings as did (Graeme) White,'' said Moles.

''To restrict them to 249 was very good on a fast outfield - with only four wickets down you would be looking for more than that. We fielded well but we need to improve on our extras - the new ball bowlers need to get used to the white ball.'' Though disappointed with the final result, Moles does not believe a vast improvement is needed.

''We played very well as a unit but now we need to get our guys scoring hundreds. Chopra played very well but after he got out we just lost our rhythm.'' The second match is scheduled later today at Cardiff and Moles said, ''We will look at the options and the conditions and discuss whether any changes are needed to get us back on an even keel.''

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