Dhoni blames batsmen for defeat at Eden

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:59 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 9: India captain MS Dhoni blamed the batsmen and said they lost the match in the first innings itself by not giving the bowlers enough runs to defend in third Test.

England thrashed India by seven wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. The third Test match ended early on the fifth day on Sunday with England chasing 41.

Speaking in the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni pointed at India's inability to score more runs in the first innings after winning a good toss.

Dhoni blames batsmen for defeat at Eden

India were bowled out for 316 in the first innings. Sachin Tendulkar came out of a form slump to topscore for India with a fighting 76.

"We need to give bowlers a few more runs. We haven't scored consistently over 300. On this wicket we should have scored 450 or above. The batsmen who got starts didn't make it matter," Dhoni said.

Dhoni also said the batting again failed in the second innings where they collapsed from a position of strength at 86/0.

"It was like a landslide (in second innings) we couldn't stop. We have everything to play for in Nagpur. Everybody needs to pull up their socks," the captain added.

From 86/0 at lunch, India slid to 122/6. Dhoni was out for a duck in the second essay. Being 207 behind, it was left to R Ashwin (91 not out) to rally with the tailenders to help the team avoid innings defeat. Finally, India's innings folded early on day five on 247.

The fourth and final Test starts in Nagpur on December 13, Thursday.


Story first published:  Sunday, December 9, 2012, 10:31 [IST]
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