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We kept losing wickets: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

We kept losing wickets: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday blamed the batsmen for the lack of partnerships that saw the team collapse to 153 all out before slumping to a nine-wicket defeat in their ODI tri-series match against England here. England chased down the modest target, reaching 156 for one in just 27.3 overs for a bonus-point win.

“Getting off to a good start is important, especially in these conditions. But that doesn’t mean the openers will always have to perform. If you lose an early wicket, then it is important to have some kind of partnership going and still have wickets in hand close to the end of the 30th over with a decent run rate. Then we can look to accelerate from there,” said Dhoni at the post-match press conference.

“That moreover is the game plan but we have kept losing wickets. Today also, there was a bit of a partnership, then we lost one wicket and then we lost (Ambati) Rayudu. We are eating up deliveries to create a partnership but once when the right time is there to accelerate, that’s when we are losing a wicket and again the batsmen from that point on are not really able to bat freely,” he explained.

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