Dhoni says his decision to bowl first 'backfired'

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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 13:58 [IST]
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There is always a tomorrow: Dhoni

Sydney, Feb 2: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday put up a brave face after India fell to another defeat in the hands of Australia losing by 31 runs in the first Twenty20 international at ANZ stadium, saying "there is always a tomorrow".

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After facing another whitewash in the four-match Test series, India lost the first Twenty20 international against Australia and Dhoni felt batting once again let to the visitors defeat.

"There is always a tomorrow. We started well (with the bat) but could not capitalise. But (Mathew) Wade batted really well (for Australia)," he said after the match.

Dhoni conceded that his decision to bowl first after winning the toss backfired.

"I feel so, especially the way the wicket behaved in the second innings. It was worst to bat in the second innings," he said when asked whether he erred in letting Australia bat first.

"But at the end of the day it is a sport and the team which plays well will win."

Australian skipper George Bailey, who made his debut for Australia on Wednesday and as captain, credited the entire team for the win.

"It was all-round performance from the boys. I am very excited to win the game. Everyone contributed. Our fielding and bowling was outstanding," he said.

"There's a great feeling around Australian cricket at the moment. We hope to continue the same performance in Melbourne."

Man-of-the-match, wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade scored a quick 43-ball-72-run
knock, said it was one of the best performances of his career.

"That's probably the best I have played for quite a while," he said.

"(Coach) Mickey Arthur told me yesterday that I would be opening. But no point competing with (David) Warner, he's the best hitter in the game."

He also credited Aussies spin trio of Xavier Doherty, David Hussey and veteran Brad Hogg for putting pressure on Indians during the chase.

"(I feel) the spinners really took the game away from India," Wade said.


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