Dhoni blames bowlers, praises tailenders

Published: Monday, October 26, 2009, 17:10 [IST]
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Dhoni blames bowlers, praises tailenders

Vadodara: The Aussies went 1-0 on Sunday, winning by four runs as India"s tail-end batsmen almost pulled off a sensational victory.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for their four-run loss to Australia in the series opener, but said they will bounce back in the seven-match series.

"It was a target which we should have achieved. But we were four wickets down by the powerplay. But thanks to Harbhajan and Praveen, they made the match interesting," Dhoni said.

Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar put on 84 runs for the eighth wicket and it was only a devastatingly accurate last over from Aussie bowler Peter Siddle that restricted the Indian surge.

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"We have to work a bit on our bowling but our batsmen need to bat. Chasing 293, it is not possible to win with only one batsman scoring 50. We have an experienced batting line-up and it will bounce back."

However, Dhoni is happy with the Ishant Sharma return to form in time, saying the young quick had found his rhythmn again.

Finally, it shows absence of Yuvraj Singh costed India heavily.

The second match takes place in Nagpur on Wednesday and is another day-night contest.


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