Indian batsmen faltered against the rising ball before L. Rahul’s solid 50 left his team…
PTI, Dharamsala: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday heaped praise on his bowlers for their superb
show in his side’s emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first ODI in Dharamsala. Dhoni also said that he was surprised that the pitch at the HPCA stadium was helpful to the pacers.
“Fantastic performance from the fast bowlers. We had no clue it would help the fast bowlers,” Dhoni said after the match.“Hardik (Pandya) exploited the good length, a short of a good length. Umesh is somebody who has been quite quick consistently, he has gone from fit to one of the fittest. Hardik is deceptive, you think he’d bowl 132, but he crosses 135 consistently. Both Mishra and Axar bowled well. They did go for some runs,” he added.
Dhoni felt that the early New Zealand wickets taken by his bowlers settled the issue in his side’s favour after he opted to insert the visitors.
“If we did not take early wickets, it was a 280-300 wicket,” the Indian captain said.
“At times, the toss can be very crucial in this series.”Talking about his batting, Dhoni, who was run out on 21, said, “Important to bat in the middle, I was in no hurry. The more deliveries I play, the better for me.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson rued that his side was done in by some early dismissals while also conceding that the Indians bowled well.
“We had to weather the storm a little bit, the first 10 overs they (India) bowled really well and some soft dismissals. Disappointing with the bat. A little up and down with sideways movement (regarding the pitch). We lost too many wickets too early,” he said.
“Looked a bit worse, so some good scrapping towards the end. India were too good, very good chasing side and they showed it today.