Raina blames his inexperienced pacers for the loss

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:00 [IST]
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Inexperienced bowling let us down: Raina

Bulawayo: After India's embarrasing defeat to the hosts Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener, skipper Suresh Raina said that their inexperienced bowling line-up led them down.

"Unfortunately, we didn't bowl well today. Some of the bowlers were playing for the first time. Hopefully they can learn from our mistakes and move one from here," Raina said after the match which his side lost by six wickets with 10 balls to spare.

The three pacers Ashok Dinda, R Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav, all of them were making their debut and none managed to shine in the match.

Zimbabwe started their innings well with Brendan Taylor scoring a match winning 81 runs eventually. None of the pacers managed to trouble the Zimbabwe opening pair until Amit Mishra clean bowled H Masakadza in the 13th over.

Raina was happy with the slow bowlers, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja.

"In the first six overs, we didn't bowl well. (Amit) Mishra and (Ravindra) Jadeja then bowled well and we made a comeback. But they had a powerplay left and couple of their players played well, which cost us the game," Raina explained.

"We need to work on our bowling and fielding department to come back against Sri Lanka," he said.

He praised the home team for their splendid effort, managing to chase down the target quite easily.

His opposition captain Elton Chigumbara was all praises for debutant Chris Ervine who consolidated Taylor and Masakadza's good start and eventually finished off the game for Zimbabwe scoring 67 unbeaten.

Brendon Taylor was declared the man of the match.


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