We could have bowled better: Dhoni

Updated: 10 November 2007 09:17 IST

Despite setting a challenging target for the Pakistanis, Indian skipper M S Dhoni feels that bowlers could have done a better job.

We could have bowled better: Dhoni

Mohali:

Despite setting a challenging target for the Pakistanis, Indian skipper M S Dhoni feels that they still fell short by about 15 runs and bowlers could have done a better job.

"We could have bowled better. The line should have been on or around the off-stump," 26-year-old Dhoni told reporters after India lost to Pakistan by four wickets in the second one-dayer here.

He said dew was also a factor, which did not help the cause of bowlers, especially part-timers bowling in the second innings under the lights.

He said he felt that India should have scored 225-340 runs the way they had had a solid start.

"We could not capitalize as much. I thought my, Robin (Utthapas) and Yuvraj Singhs wicket's fell in quick succession which was also the reason that we did not get the target we were aiming for," he said.

He said the way Sourav Ganguly had bowled they had never got the feeling that they were not playing a regular bowler and added that the need of bringing in Yuvraj or Virender Sehwag was not felt.

Dhoni said that Pakistan vice captain Younis Khan, who scored 117, had played a sheet anchor's role.

On Sachin Tendulkar's innings of 99, he said it was yet another "fantastic knock."

He said bowlers have to adopt to the rule of ball change at the end of 34 overs.

"The rule helps teams chase down big totals to some extent, but the bowlers are adapting to this. Bowlers need to adapt faster because the game is heavily loaded in favour of the batsman," he said.

Earlier, at the end of Pakistan team's post-match press conference, there was a power failure in the PCA and electricity was restored only after 15 minutes.

Dhoni smiled when lights finally came on when he was entering the press lobby to address the media.

Topics : Cricket India Pakistan
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