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3 takeaway points from India's series loss to Australia

January 23, 2016 18:15 IST

MS Dhoni

IMAGE: India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads his side from the field after they lost the series. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Relieved he might be after a consolation win against the seemingly unstoppable Australians, but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Saturday, rued the fact that the ODI side lacks a settled bowling line-up.

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India won the fifth ODI by six wickets courtesy an unbeaten 104 from youngster Manish Pandey but the bowlers bled runs in the series, which the visitors lost 1-4. Dhoni though still found positives from the showing. 

Unsettled bowling line-up 

1. "I think we have been competitive in the series. The goal was to win matches. The first four games, I thought were close, but we didn't close it down well. That's important in the ODI format. Every over matters, especially in a high- scoring

game. Giving those 15-20 run overs, it becomes slightly easier for the opposition," Dhoni said. 

Lower-order batting hurts 

2. "The top order has been together for a long time now. Where we have been hurt a little bit is the lower-order batting, where Manish did really well today, and also the fact that we have not had a settled bowling attack," said Dhoni, who himself played an important 34-run cameo at the SCG with a last-over six that helped Pandey to finish off things with two balls to spare.  

Have to improve fielding 

3 "We have to improve our fielding slightly. Grounds over here are quite big, and once you know the fielder is not that quick or doesn't have a good fielder, you will put pressure on that fielder," said the wicketkeeper-batsman. 

The Men in Blue will now have to shift focus towards the three-match Twenty20 series starting January 26 and Dhoni believes the team will have to lift its fielding to do well in the shortest format. 

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