Dhoni blames batsmen and rain for T20 defeat

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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 15:26 [IST]
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Dhoni blames batsmen, rain for defeat

Sydney, Feb 1: India skipper Mahendra singh Dhoni on Wednesday blamed the rain for the loss in the first Twenty20 international against Australia, saying the wet conditions made it difficult for the bowlers.

India lost by 31 runs in the first T20 and have to win the next on friday to level the series.

"The weather played a big part in it. In England, we didn't win any tosses and it rained in the second innings and our bowling suffered because of that. This is the first toss I won over here and with the rain forecast I thought we would chase. But then it rained and spinners had difficulty in gripping the ball," said Dhoni.

"With the rain forecast and with the learning from England, I thought we would chase because the wicket gets better to bat on," he pointed out.

It began to rain while Dhoni won the toss ,even though it stopped quickly the ground was quite wet making it difficult for the spinners to grip the ball.

"I thought the wicket, if it doesn't get better it would at least remain the same. We got off to a good start but after that it didn't rain. It started to turn and grip and the odd ball was bouncing more than the normal delivery. It was difficult."

Dhoni also blamed the batsmen who continued their poor show after the Test series whitewash.

"May be if the top order would have stayed for a bit longer, with the new batsman coming in, they would play their shots with someone at the other end. The result could have been different because we struggled a lot and yet we were able to score 140-odd runs which means a bit more and the result would have been different."

Dhoni chose to play two specialist spinners and was impressed with their bowling effort given the wet conditions.

"At that point of time you think of how do you get through the adversities. The pick was, we wanted to pick Rahul (Sharma) because he did really well for us in the IPL.

"If you see his bowling analysis, he did the job he was supposed to do. As far as decision of playing 3-2 was concerned, I think all the spinners did well.

"Jadeja was a bit expensive but the normal scenario we always play him because he gives us the balance when needed.

"The part-timers also contributed. Raina bowled two very good overs. Overall, it went our way because in between, we were able to pull the game back towards us."

Debutant Australia captain George Bailey felt his side were better than India in all departments.

"The early wickets helped. But all across the board we were good. We too would have batted first. It slows up a little bit later. It's not that Indians lack skills. They are an outstanding batting line-up. We took some early wickets, the run-rate was climbing up and you have to keep going.

"The team effort was good, we executed our plans well. The general feeling was there was a great energy about the team."

Man of the match Matthew Wade felt it was his best knock of his career.

"My batting has come along. Especially in one-day cricket. It took me sometime to get used to Twenty20 but it has come along. I think there's a lot more confidence in my game. I can compete at the highest level.

"The spinners were difficult to play generally throughout the innings."

"I was batting with Hussey who is one of the cleanest strikers and even he was struggling. Apart from (David) Warner and Shaun (Marsh), the rest have been playing T20 and generally thinking about the game and preparing. It really helps."


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