Adelaide: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Tuesday he had embraced a more measured approach to his batting in response to his team's misfiring middle order in one-day cricket.
Dhoni led his side to a crucial tri-series victory against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday, making an unbeaten 50 and scoring the winning runs as he held the tail together in a tense run chase.
The two-wicket win put India in the box seat to reach the tri-series finals against Australia.
Remarkably, Dhoni didn't score a single boundary in his half-century, during which a calf injury suffered during Sunday's loss to Australia also hampered the wicketkeeper-batsman.
With India's batting lacking consistency, Dhoni has wound back his normally swashbuckling batting in the tri-series and reaped the rewards to lift his side to victory in two tense run chases and be the equal highest runscorer in the series.
Dhoni has scored 260 runs at 86.66, equal with Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara, with only 10 boundaries and one six in his six innings.
With Yuvraj Singh finally bursting back to form with a stylish 76 in the win over Sri Lanka, Dhoni said after Tuesday's win he was content to play a support role to other top order batsmen and then provide stability late in the innings.
Dhoni said he had realised the importance of subtlety in his batting in one-day cricket.
"When you take those cheeky singles or doubles, it is very teasing to the fielders," he said.
"It is more interesting than hitting boundaries.
"I needed to bat according to the situation and Yuvraj had done all the hitting, I had to stay in there and stay till the end."
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Dhoni after the match and conceded his side faced a tough task to reach the tri-series finals.
Sri Lanka are six points behind India, but do have a game in hand.
"I have not done my maths yet, but we cannot afford to lose," Jayawardene said here Tuesday.
"Every game is a semi-final for us from now on."
"We will keep fighting and show the fighting spirit that we lately have been showing."