Top three's form a concern for team: Dhoni

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 18:32 hrs

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday admitted that the performance of the top-three batsmen was a cause of concern as his team suffered an embarrassing 85-run loss to Pakistan in the second ODI and lost the series at the Eden Gardens here.

Dhoni lauded his bowlers for bringing back India into the match after Pakistan openers Nasir Jamshed (106) and Mohammad Hafeez (76) gave the visitors a brilliant start with their 141-run stand in just 23 overs.

But a batting collapse saw Pakistan losing nine wickets for 109 runs and were bowled out for 250 runs with nine balls to spare.

"I think the bowlers brought us back in the game. I think when we went in to bat, we lost too many wickets, last 30 overs we needed 180, the key is to have wickets in hand and we never were in a position," said Dhoni.

"Virat has scored runs for us, but one of the top three needs to be in the middle-order, that will make it easy, not that they aren´t trying, it happens," he said.

Reposing his faith in batting-order, Dhoni hoped his batsmen to come good in Delhi where India has only pride to play for in the third ODI slated for Jan 6.

"We have got the experience in the batting, it is about them coming back to form, overall we have to grow as a team, we are a good fielding side, but we have to bowl well and develop," he said.

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