Captain Dhoni blames rain for heavy defeat

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Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10:28 [IST]
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Dhoni blames rain for heavy defeat

Colombo, Sep 29: India captain MS Dhoni said rain was the main reason why their bowling came a cropper against Australia in the Super Eights of ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Friday night.

India were demolished by nine wickets with Australian openers Shane Watson and David Warner smashing the bowlers all around the R Premadasa Stadium. Australia chased down 141 for the loss of just one wicket in 14.5 overs.

When the Australian chase began there was a brief stoppage in play after three balls due to rain. That did not help the cause of three main spinners for India, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla, according to Dhoni.

"Rain came just at the wrong time, just after the wicket was rolled. The wet ball is not good for spinners. It was like bowling in England. That was the main reason we lost," Dhoni said in his post-match comments.

The skipper also felt they were 20 runs short but added that the way Watson and Warner were going even 180 would not have been enough.

"We need to analyse what really happened. We got off to a good start, but lost quick wickets, and we were not in a good situation to cash in. We were 20 short," he said.

Dhoni did not want to take the credit away from Australian openers.

"We need to give them credit for the way they batted, but the ball was not stopping as it did in the first innings. And every time it went into the outfield, the ball got wet. No spinner told me the ball is not wet. It's important to look at what mistakes what we have committed, but it is also important to get it out of the system. We will try to do that, but it will still be there, in some corner of our heart," Dhoni explained.

India will next face Pakistan on Sunday at the same venue and it will be a do-or-die game for them. A loss means they will be out of the tournament.

India are yet to win a Super Eights game in World T20 since 2007.


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