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Here's what Dhoni thought made the difference in the 2nd ODI...

December 08, 2013 23:27 IST

Here's what Dhoni thought made the difference in the 2nd ODI...



Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for yet another meek surrender against South Africa, as India suffered a humiliating 134-run loss in Durban on Sunday.

Durban ODI: De Kock, Amla help South Africa whip India by 134 runs

He also thought that South Africa’s accurate bowling made all the difference on the day.

By virtue of the win, South Africa have won the three-match ODI series 2-0.

"The bowlers did well. They learnt from the last time, but the batsmen played too many shots. I think the shot selection was not right," Dhoni said.

India put up a dismal batting display on seam-friendly conditions to suffer an embarrassing 134-run defeat in the second One-dayer.

The hosts rode on the two openers, Quinton de Kock (106) and Hashim Amla (100), to pile up 280 for six in the allotted 49 overs before bundling out the hapless visitors for 146 in 35.1 overs on a gloomy day at the Kingsmead.

"The South Africa attack is very accurate and they keep bowling in the same areas and that's what makes them different. Overall, there was not much for the bowlers -- not much seam or swing. That's why I say they bowled well. The pitch was a nice one and the target was a decent one, and we didn't execute our plans with the bat," Dhoni said.

Image: MS Dhoni
Photographs: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images


Quinton and Hash have been very good up front: De Villiers

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"I don't get too much worried about the losses, how we stand up from here is what I want to see. That will test our character."

South African captain A B de Villiers was happy to see his team dominate the World No 1 ODI side.

"It was a very emotional day (referring to Nelson Mandela's death on Friday) and I am glad we came out here and played good cricket," de Villiers said.

"We have been searching for consistency for a long time and to do it against the No 1 team is a job well done. Quinton and Hash have been very good up front. We struggled towards the end. I thought 230-240 was a par score, so to get 280 was very good.

Praising the young De Kock, who scored his second successive ton, the skipper said,

"Quinton de Kock is a very aggressive player, the day I met him, I thought this guy will go far."

Man of the Match de Kock said, "It's very satisfying. During tough times, people hate you, so in times like these, you have to enjoy yourselves. I was not so happy to take Dhoni's catch because at that stage, we were looking to get to the 20-over mark and I thought we didn't need a wicket then."

Image: Quinton de Kock on completing 50 runs
Photographs: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images

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