Melbourne, Feb 3: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his side's "exceptional" fielding in the second Twenty20 International against Australia on Friday, which helped India register their first win the tour Down Under.
Fielding made the difference as there were as many as four run outs leaving Australia with a total of 131. Opener Gautam Gambhir led India scoring an unbeaten 56 to win the match by eight wickets and put an end to the losing streak overseas.
Earlier the visitors suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss in the Test series and also a 31-run defeat in the first Twenty20 match in Sydney.
"It is always good to be on the winning side, the boys were exception in the field (today), probably the best fielding I have seen. It will be hard to beat this effort," Dhoni said after the match at the MCG.
"We are a side that relies a lot on a good start, not about the runs, a good, calm start is what we look for.
"Praveen bowled with the new ball, forcing the openers to make mistakes and the spinners did well too, they went for a few runs in between but overall it was a good effort by the bowlers and equally by the top three batsmen," he added.
Dhoni's counterpart George bailey admitted that his side were completely out-fielded and the four run-outs made all the difference in the match.
"It wasn't as close as it looked. Losing is part and parcel of the game, we were well short with the bat tonight. Four run-outs was the big difference. We were clearly out-fielded," Bailey said.
Playing in his second Twenty20 match, even as captain, Bailey said they were trying to build a new side and have to remain more consistent to be a dominant side in this format of the game.
"We have a great bunch of guys, we are trying to build onto something, we have put some game plan together but the key is to be consistent," he said.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was Man of the match for his figures 1 for 16 and for the outstanding fielding with two run-outs.
"It is a pleasure to play for India, it is a very good achievement for me. Mahi (Dhoni) Bhai always told me to have believe in myself and I too tried to play my natural game," he said.