Ind vs Aus T20 World Cup: Dhoni puts blame on showers

first_imgForget five, Mahendra Singh Dhoni used eight bowlers in 14.5 overs and still couldn’t prevent Australia from steamrolling India on Friday.And after the game, the captain defended his bowlers, saying the spell of rain that intervened at the start of the Australian innings made it impossible for them.”We did well in the last match (against England). The bowlers can’t be criticised for one bad game. The rain came at the wrong time, and once the ball started getting wet, there was no real grip for our spinners,” Dhoni said.”They (bowlers) couldn’t put any pressure on them. But we needed to bat better. We collapsed from 70 for two to 74 for five.” On Virender Sehwag’s omission from the XI, Dhoni said: “Once we decided on playing five bowlers, we had only two options. We have to go with horses for courses, and pick players on the basis of who is doing well in what format. But (given the defeat), it would be difficult for me to justify any decision.” Asked why Irfan Pathan was not given the new ball, Dhoni said it was due to a strategy to bowl spin at one end. “We had planned to have Ashwin bowling at one end, and Zak (Zaheer Khan) bowls well with the new ball,” he said.Aussie skipper George Bailey was proud of his boys.”It was impressive performance, set up by some good bowling. Pat Cummins was outstanding, the best we have seen him bowl in this tournament. We were probably behind the eight ball after six overs but came back very well,” Bailey said.”The absolute beauty of those two openers (Shane Watson and David Warner) is that when they are on song, there are no better hitters.”advertisementlast_img

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