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'Dhoni and his team know how to chase'

April 05, 2014 11:52 IST

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there was a "sense of calmness" at the innings break as the team backed itself to chase down the 173-run target set by South Africa in the ICC World T20 semi-final on Friday.

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"There was a sense of calmness in the dressing at the innings' break [after South Africa put up 172 on the board].

"Most of the thoughts were positive. Everybody saw that the wicket was better than those we have played on, and they believed they could chase this down.

"It is not just the self-belief, but the belief in each other that is crucial," said Dhoni after India's six-wicket victory.

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Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates with teammates after India beat South Africa in the second semi-final of the World T20
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'There are not many who are as consistent as Virat'

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Virat Kohli again rose to the occasion with a scintillating unbeaten 76 as India won comfortably.

"There are not many who are as consistent as Virat. It is great to have him at No. 3.

"He has always grabbed his opportunities. Something everyone needs to learn from him," said Dhoni.

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Image: Virat Kohli
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'Ashwin was very effective'

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Dhoni also praised off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who bowled an economical spell of 3 for 22 in four overs, for tying down the Proteas in the middle overs.

"Ashwin was brilliant. We kept him back for AB de Villiers. We didn't want to give him pace. Ashwin was very effective," he said.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said Kohli's knock took the game away from them after his batters had put up a "really good score".

"It was a very good score against a good attack on this wicket. Credit must go to our batters for putting up a good total. Runs on the board in the semi-final is what you ask for.

"The bad thing is, M S [Dhoni] and his team know how to chase. They have done it many times," said du Plessis.

"They paced their innings really well. Virat played a great innings. You have to give him credit."

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Image: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after picking the wicket of Hashim Amla
Photographs: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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Du Plessis rues bowling too many extras

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Du Plessis, who scored a fine 58 off 41 balls, said his bowlers conceded extras more than acceptable.

"I thought we could have been better with the ball. The extras we conceded.

"If you have to win the World Cup, you have to get those one per-centers right. Unfortunately, tonight, you can expect about five wides under pressure, but nine is too much," he said.

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Image: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis walk back to the pavillion after the match
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'Hundred in 10 overs sounds easier than 100 off 60 balls'

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Kohli, who was named the Man of the Match, said he backed himself to score freely in the latter part of the innings.

"I had to keep telling myself that I could make up later. I told [Suresh] Raina let's try to finish in the 19th over. We don't want to give Dale [Steyn] eight runs to defend in the final over. He can bowl six good yorkers," he said.

"Today was one of those days when I had to keep my cool. Against a world-class attack, with boundaries not coming, it wasn't easy.

"In Twenty20, I look at target in number of runs and overs to go, not runs and balls to go. Overs make it looks easier. Hundred in 10 overs sounds easier than 100 off 60 balls."


Image: Virat Kohli
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