Chasing big totals putting pressure on Indian top order, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar says MS Dhoni must look to bat first after winning the toss in order to help India's out-of-form top order play freely.

updated: January 26, 2014 00:11 IST
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India are just about alive in the 5-match ODI series against New Zealand after the third match ended in a tie on Saturday at Auckland. With the final two ODIs a must-win for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to avoid a second successive overseas series loss, fears are growing over the poor form of India's top order batsmen. (Match report)

Despite another failure from the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina, Team India went on to score 314 in a tricky 315-run chase at Eden Park. This, thanks to another fifty under pressure from skipper Dhoni and astonishing half-centuries from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. (Highlights)

Where Dhoni, in the post-match ceremony wanted Ravichandran Ashwin to bat through till the end to take India home, former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar feels that rather than expecting the lower middle order to pull things off, one must question the top-order, who once again failed. (Scorecard)

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