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Dhoni Blames Loss To Dew, Says Has Spoken To Match Referee

PTI 06 Jan 2010, 9:09:07 IST
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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni attributed his side's five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka to the dew factor and said he has spoken to the Match Referee on the issue. 

"Dew factor was the main reason for our loss. We scored 279 and it was a good total. Of course if we had got early wickets when we bowled we could have won but we were unlucky as there were some LBW shouts and the edges that did not carry," Dhoni said in the post-match press conference. 

"After 10 overs there was nothing on the pitch for the fast bowlers and after that the spinners could not grip the ball due to the dew," he said. 

"At the toss, I had made my views known to the Match Referee on this issue. It is up to he and other officials to take a call now," Dhoni added. 

Incidentally, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara had yesterday said that the officials could consider an early start to the match, even suggesting an 11 am beginning, which, however, may not be agreeable to the broadcasters. 

Dhoni said it was tough for the bowlers to play under lights with heavy dew as they could not grip the ball properly and had to rely on variations only.  

"It is very tough for the bowlers, especially the spinners. So I am satisfied with the performance of the boys. In such a scenario the only chance a team bowling second could win a match is to score a big total and then get early wickets. We were unlucky not to get some early wickets," Dhoni said. 

The Indian captain said the wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium behaved differently in the two innings of the match. 

"When we were batting, their fast bowlers were getting reverse swing and their spinners getting the turn. But when we bowled, the wicket has eased out and ball came nicely on to the bat. There was nothing for the fast bowlers after 10 overs and our spinners could not do much as the ball it wet. It was like we were playing on two different wickets," he said. 

Asked whether he was satisfied with the bowling at the death, he said, "Under the current scenario scenario I am not disappointed with the bowling at the death today. What I am a bit disappointed is to lose the match. We have to improve, rest well tomorrow and win our next match.

"Generally regarding the bowling at the death I have said we can improve it gradually. It is not an overnight thing. We had done well in patches. We are trying to do that consistently," he said. PTI