Dhoni praises batsmen

Updated: 15 June 2008 18:04 IST

Sehwag and Gambhir put on a match winning opening partnership of 155 runs and had both the captains - Dhoni and Malik - singing their praise song.

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Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on a match winning opening partnership of 155 runs and had both the captains -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shoaib Malik --singing their praise song.

India beat Pakistan by a comprehensive 140-run margin after setting a huge target of 331, build on a brilliant first wicket partnership.

"They displayed exceptional running between the wickets. They took singles even on good deliveries. Credit goes to the batsmen," Dhoni said after the match.

The Indian captain said they exploited the conditions better than their rivals.

"It was a good start. It was a good toss to win as wicket gets slower as the game progresses. Bowler bowled well. Ishant, Praveen, Pathan and Chawla did well. We exploited the conditions well," he said.

With youngsters performing well, Dhoni said picking the last eleven has become a headache for them.

"It is good to have bench strength. But it is tough to players out (of the side). It is tough to leave a bowler like RP Singh. We have to give chances to everyone in between and they have to cash," he said.

Malik praised India's opening batsmen and rued his bowler's lackluster performance.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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