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02-03-2012, 11:16 PM #1
Dhoni credits fielding for first win Down Under
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was full of praise for his side's "exceptional" work on the field in the second Twenty20 International against Australia on Friday, which helped the visitors' register their first win in the ongoing tour.
An agile India effected as many as four run outs to restrict Australia to 131 and then rode on Gautam Gambhir's unbeaten 56 to pocket the match by eight wickets and snap their losing streak Down Under.
The visitors had earlier lost the Test series 0-4 to Australia before suffering a 31-run defeat in the first Twenty20 game 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.
His counterpart George Bailey also admitted that his side was completely out-fielded today 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....being a human...
02-06-2012, 10:58 AM #2