Conditions made it difficult to defend total: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said heavy dew played a crucial role in his team's two-wicket loss against West Indies as the bowlers struggled to even grip the ball in the second ODI in Vizag.
"There was a lot of dew, was difficult for bowlers to even grip the ball, let along putting it in right areas. When we went into bowl, there was plenty of dew and it kept getting worse," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
India had put on a challenging 288 for seven on a slow track at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium but Darren Sammy produced a game-changing unbeaten 63 to help the visitors chased down the total and level the three-match series 1-1.
Image: Darren Sammy and MS Dhoni
'To take it to the last over was a superb bowling effort'
Dhoni said he could not blame his bowlers for not being able to defend a 289-run target because it was difficult to grip the wet ball.
"If there was no dew, 289 was 400-odd on this pitch with so much turn and bounce. It was difficult for bowlers with so much dew," he said.
Dhoni, however, lauded his bowlers for taking the contest to the last over.
"To take it to the last over was a superb bowling effort. The spinners did really well," he said.
Image: Mohit Sharma
'We want Yuvi to do well'
Dhoni also backed a struggling Yuvraj Singh, who also dropped Lendl Simmons when the batsman was on 43. He went on to score 62.
"Leave aside batting and bowling, anyone can drop catches. Let's not be critical about it."
Dhoni said they wanted Yuvraj to come on his own in batting as the team is backing him to get runs while batting at number four slot.
"We want Yuvi to do well. He is someone who can bat well at No 4. Someone who can really dominate the oppositions. Last few games, he has struggled a bit. At times it happens you're under pressure the 15-20 first deliveries become crucial.
"If you're not able to pass that phase, you have to be considerate about it. You know what kind of a talent he is. Once he gets a few runs, you'll see a different Yuvraj Singh," he said.
Image: Yuvraj Singh
'We backed ourselves to chase'
Bravo said once they restricted India under 300, they backed themselves to chase the target.
"We planned out very well. We communicated well on the field. The bowlers did their job, we fielded well, our batsmen got into fifties. We backed ourselves to chase," he said.
Man-of-the-match Sammy thanked the team management for keeping faith in him after his disastrous outing as a skipper in the two-match Test series, which India comfotably won 2-0.
"I must thank my team-mates for giving me another opportunity. It must have been difficult to do that, seeing how the series has gone for me. Simmons and I communicated well. We backed ourselves to get 90-odd in the last ten overs. Once I am hitting the ball nicely, it was always good for me.
Good to contribute in a crucial game," he said.
Image: Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo