We handled pressure situation well, says Cook

Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4:00 [IST]
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London, Sep 9: England captain Alastair Cook was pleased that his side could handle pressure and come up trumps in the third ODI against India here on Friday.

"It was pleasing the way we handled the pressure towards the end. A lot of credit goes to Ravi (Bopara) for the manner in which he played, backed up by Bresnan," said Cook after his side won the game by three wickets.

Bopara and Tim Bresnan conjured a critical 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket after England were in doldrums at 133 for 5, chasing 218 from 43 overs to win.

"I thought Ravi played very well in a great little partnership with Bressy. But it was nerve-wracking. It''s always nervy when you''re sitting, watching and can''t do anything about it.

"Morgan''s absence allowed Ravi today to nail down a spot.

He probably might not have been playing if Eoin was fit, so that''s an encouraging sign."

Cook praised India''s recovery but also felt his side could have done better when Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were stitching together than 112-run partnership.

"They probably did get too many, if we''re being really honest with ourselves. After that Powerplay, I think they got 70-80 runs off the last eight overs which in an ideal world they wouldn''t do. But it was a fantastic partnership. At times you think you could''ve been more attacking to try to get that wicket".


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