Dhoni blames dew for loss against England

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 19:23 hrs

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IBNS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the dew for his team's six-wicket loss in the second Twenty20 international that helped England square the two-match series 1-1 at the Wankhede Stadium here Saturday.

"The dew really does change the course of the game but we didn´t start very well, we were a fraction short. There was something there for the fast bowlers but they were cut and pulled early on," said Dhoni.

Asked to bat first, India put on 177 for eight in 20 overs after crucial innings from Virat Kohli (38), Dhoni (38) and Suresh Raina (35).

But a captain´s innings of unbeaten 49 off 26 balls by Eoin Morgan helped England win the match in a last-ball finish that went for six.

Dhoni felt India were 15-20 runs short.

"We came back well but couldn´t keep it going. We could have got another 10-12 runs at the end of our innings too but overall is was a good performance. The fast bowlers got good experience and exposure to international cricket. They are good prospects for us but we need to back them," he said.

Morgan, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said good fielding did the trick for England.

"It was a hell of a game of cricket, a fantastic match and a great pitch for a game of Twenty20. The stats suggest, particularly at this stadium, that the chasing side usually wins and we backed ourselves to do that. It was a good job because we nearly fell short! Fielding was outstanding, we try to save 10-15 runs each time and today we were amazing. It was great, one of the best crowd atmospheres I´ve ever played in, and we showed great promise for the future," he said.

Yuvraj Singh, who was named Man of the Series, he was happy with his performance.

"I tried to do it for the team, bowl a few overs, vary my pace and try to confuse them. It´s tough to bowl with the dew, the ball comes quicker on to the bat and runs away. Morgan is a great finisher for England... I´ve been batting well, hitting the ball well, so that´s good for me," he said.

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