Dew's to blame: Dhoni

Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 7:07 [IST]
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Dew's to blame: Dhoni

Mirpur: Indian captain Mahendra Singh believes that dew factor played a crucial role in India's inability to defend a total of 279 on Tuesday.

"Dew factor was the main reason for our loss. We scored 279 and it was a good total. Of course if we had got early wickets when we bowled we could have won but we were unlucky as there were some LBW shouts and the edges that did not carry," Dhoni said in the post-match press conference.
Incidentally, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara had yesterday said that the officials could consider an early start to the match, even suggesting an 11 am beginning, which, however, may not be agreeable to the broadcasters.

Dhoni said it was tough for the bowlers to play under lights with heavy dew as they could not grip the ball properly and had to rely on variations only.

"It is very tough for the bowlers, especially the spinners. So I am satisfied with the performance of the boys. In such a scenario the only chance a team bowling second could win a match is to score a big total and then get early wickets. We were unlucky not to get some early wickets," Dhoni said.

The Indian captain said the wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium behaved differently in the two innings of the match.

"When we were batting, their fast bowlers were getting reverse swing and their spinners getting the turn. But when we bowled, the wicket has eased out and ball came nicely on to the bat. There was nothing for the fast bowlers after 10 overs and our spinners could not do much as the ball it wet. It was like we were playing on two different wickets," he said.


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