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Dhoni taking positives after narrow loss

Monday, August 29 2016 by SNTV
  • India captain MS Dhoni commented after the West Indies beat India by one run to win the first Twenty20 international at Lauderhill in Florida, USA on Saturday (27th August).

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    "I feel there were plenty of positives in this game because the way we chased down 245 runs …apart from the last ball we were perfectly in the game and even the last ball the thinking was right, the execution was wrong..and you know in a sport like cricket the execution really matters. I feel overall plenty of positives. The demand from the players was too high in the sense that coming out of a test series and getting into the groove of the shortest format, it is very demanding. From line and length and consistent bowling to all of a sudden you are expected to bowl yorkers, which I think is one of the toughest things to do. So overall I don't take things very emotionally but I felt the way boys performed overall was really good. If we can improve the first six overs, how we bowled in the first six overs..in fact the first twelve overs was where we gave too many runs. I was very happy how we brought the opposition down in the last eight overs and that really matters. Because death bowling is something that we have struggled quite consistently. Again it was a good exposure to our bowlers and they finished off well because of which we could restrict them to 245. There was a point we thought they were looking to get 270 or even more runs."

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