Tight death bowling vital: Dhoni

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 12:22 [IST]
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'Bowling at death remains a concern'

London: India's convincing victory against Pakistan has injected confidence in the Indian camp, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not ready to give full marks to the team.

Dhoni sounded happy about the overall performance of the team, which saw them thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in Wednesdays warm-up tie, the Indian captain was particularly perturbed about bowling at death

"Even though it was a warm-up match, I think victory was important for us. After the defeat against New Zealand, the response from the players was amazing today," Dhoni said.

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"But still there are certain areas which need to be addressed, like bowling the last couple of overs," he said.

"You have to be good at the end. Fortunately, we have options and players who can bowl at the end," Dhoni said.

Both against New Zealand and Pakistan, R P Singh proved particularly expensive towards the end as India bled some late boundaries in both the matches.

Dhoni, however, had no other major complains.

"We did not field well initially and the energy level was quite down. But after (Suresh) Raina got that run out, it was high again. The spinners then came to the party and Ishant (Sharma) was at his best again," he said.


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