India vs Pakistan match: Dhoni lauds bowlers after historic victory

first_imgIt couldn’t have been better for India. Defeating archrivals Pakistan to enter the final of the ICC World Cup made the victory even sweeter for the co-hosts.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after leading his team into the ultimate battle for the biggest prize in cricket but admitted that they misread the pitch, which was slow and low, and played three seamers.”We misread the pitch and played three seamers. But we were lucky as they bowled and fielded really well. In fact this was the first match in the tournament where we used only five bowlers and didn’t have use any part-time bowler,” Dhoni said.Talking about the target India set for Pakistan, Dhoni said he was confident that it was a fighting score looking at the pitch. “The pitch became slower and the ball was keeping low towards the later overs, so it was not easy to score quickly. Our aim was to last through the overs and I think we put up a decent score,” he said.Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who failed to snap Pakistan’s losing streak against India in the World Cup said losing wickets at regular intervals became their nemesis.”We were not able to build any solid partnerships and kept on losing wickets, some of them while playing some irresponsible shots. They (India) also bowled and fielded well and ultimately we lost to the better team,” Afridi said.There was a special word of praise for Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets, from his captain. “Wahab bowled really well. He got Sehwag out. But we missed too many chances and I think Sachin was very lucky today,” Afridi commented.advertisementIndeed, Sachin Tendulkar, who was adjudged the man of the match for his 85, had many a close shave during the match. The maestro too was of the opinion that India’s total – 260 – was a fighting score.”Viru got us off to a flyer. But the way the pitch was behaving I think we had a fighting total on board. Also towards the end of the innings Raina played a special knock and those runs were very crucial for us,” Tendulkar said.Looking forward to the final Tendulkar said the team should remain focussed. “The final is of course a special occasion. And we hope to remain calm and focussed to repeat today’s performance said,” he said.last_img

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