Batting collapse cost us the match: Dravid

Published: Sunday, January 28, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Team India Skipper Rahul Dravid blamed the batting collapse in the last 15 overs for their defeat at the hands of the West Indies in the third ODI at the M A Chidambaram here yesterday.

''That's when we lost the match. We should not have lost seven wickets in the space of 36 runs on a flat wicket. It's not acceptable,'' he said.

''It was a lesson about handling the death overs,'' he said and added that 340 would have been a good score.

''But it didn't happen.'' Dravid, however, said that his team was confident of winning the series. ''If we play well at Baroda, we should win''.

He denied a suggestion that resting Sourav Ganguly turned out to be a wrong decision. ''No decision is wrong. We did that with something specific in mind.'' Dravid commended Robin Uthappa's knock of 70 runs and regretted the fact that the team failed to capitalise on it, despite his and Sachin Tendulkar's century stand later.

''One of us should have stayed on till the end. I think we just paid the penalty in the end overs. It was not so good cricket,'' he added.

Dravid also rejected the suggestion that too much of experimentation was being tried.

West Indies skipper Brian Lara said the task became much easy after India let off early advantage and slumped to 268.

He said the India, which looked to set a 300 plus target at one stage, collapsed in the final overs and it helped their task.

''I think that's when we wrested the game,'' he said in the post-match news conference.

With this win the visitors have reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the four match series.

Lara said Windies would be fielding a strong side in the fourth match at Baroda.

Praising his team-mate Samuels, the Southpaw said in the last two wins the Windies had recorded, Samuels had emerged as a top performer.

''We are trying to build a lot more match winners in the run up to the world cup. We can't be depending on one or two players,'' he said.

''In the Australian team every player is a match winner,'' Lara observed. ''We have one more game and it is crucial.'' Asked about Chanderpaul, who was rested for yesterday's match, the skipper said, ''He had some pain in his left knee. So we decided to rest him.'' On his innings, Lara said, ''Although the attention was on Samuels, I was happy to get some runs today. (yesterday)'' When pointed out that he handled Anil Kumble with ease, Lara said, ''I normally play Kumble quite well. He is still a very good bowler.''


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