‘Batting failure led to downfall’

MS Dhoni
The HinduMS Dhoni

We were able to execute our plans: Michael Clarke

Indian captain M.S. Dhoni said the team’s fifth consecutive defeat abroad — four in England and one here — was a consequence of the batting flopping.

“Our batting flopped in both innings,” said Dhoni. “If you see, we had a partnership going in the first innings, but we couldn’t really capitalise on that. To some extent you can say that the collapse in the first innings was the turning point. The bowlers were getting tired, and if we could have seen off the new ball, it could have been different.”

Dhoni credited Australia’s seamers, who took 19 of the 20 Indian wickets that fell.

“They consistently bowled well. It wasn’t really the short deliveries.

“This wicket had a bit of spongy bounce, and the bouncer wasn’t coming on. It was the line outside the off-stump. Some balls went away and some balls came in. You have to give credit to them.”

Asked if the runs Australia’s lower-order had scored in both innings had deflated India, Dhoni said, “It didn’t deflate us, but we need to keep an eye on it. We have to come up with ways to get them out. If we had got them out for 240-250-odd runs, it was gettable. I think 290 was also pretty gettable, but the batting failed.”

Questionable decisions

There were some questionable decisions in the match, reopening the debate on the Decision Review System (DRS), which the Indian board didn’t want to be used for the series. Dhoni reiterated his point about technology not being 100 per cent accurate, and added that he backed the umpires on the field.

Australian captain Michael Clarke said his side had had to play at its best to defeat a very good Indian side.

“Our tail was outstanding with their batting, and we have to give full credit to the bowlers,” he said.

“You always want to have plans against whatever team you play and we were able to execute the plans. Credit has to go to Ponting and Hussey as well. India is a fantastic team. It is great to have them here in Australia. We know they’ll come hard at us in Sydney.”

Clarke didn’t read too much into India’s poor batting in the match.

“When you get conditions like these where it swings and seams, you are going to nick balls,” he said.

“If you knock over someone as strong as India, it just shows it. These are the reasons we have been having trouble with these conditions as well. These bowling-friendly conditions are not easy to bat on.”

James Pattinson, who was named the Man of the Match for his six wickets and 55 runs (unbeaten), said he was pleased with his success against a “great” Indian batting line-up. “I wasn’t even born when Sachin Tendulkar began playing cricket,” he said.

“I just wanted to attack. That’s the way I have been brought up, that’s the way I bowl.”

By beatsoftech

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