We were 15-20 runs short: Dhoni

According to Dhoni, one of the crucial reasons behind India's defeat was that they fell short of the desired target by at least 15 runs, and the reason that did not happen was due to a lack of partnerships in the final ten overs.

updated: September 01, 2011 10:14 IST
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Manchester: In the end it all came down to how both teams reacted to the batsmen's initial assault in the Powerplay overs. India were 49 for 1 after six overs, but never managed the much-needed partnerships in the middle and end overs. They also a suffered a horrendous collapse, losing their last five wickets for the addition of just seven runs. Embarrassingly they failed to bat through their entire set of overs.

England were 58 for 1 after the first six overs, and though they lost two quick wickets, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara's 73-run stand for the fourth wicket stabilised the innings and became the catalyst for victory. Even when Morgan departed, throwing open a slight window of hope for India, Bopara and Samit Patel fought off a few jitters before banging the window shut on the face of the desperate visitors, who are still searching for their first win against England on this tour.

Though injury meant India were missing out out on the services of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, they had come into this match on the back of a hat-trick of wins in the last week in their tour games. England on the other hand had just played an ODI in Ireland and only a few players from this team had travelled to Dublin. Crucially the Indian cricketers have had more Twenty20 experience than their England counterparts, having been part of the IPL in the last four years and therefore more aware of the dos and don'ts, and pressures of the format. Yet it was Stuart Broad's England who came away smiling.

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