Ranchi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni acknowledged that India's seven-wicket victory in the third One-Day International against England at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday (January 19) was set up by the bowlers, who bowled England out for 155 in 42.2 overs.
Dhoni, the local lad, was aware of the conditions and that helped him opt to field after winning the toss. "There was a little help for the bowlers, especially with two new balls being used and conditions in their favour, they could exploit it and that is what they did,” said Dhoni. "We also knew if there is sufficient amount of dew (in the second half) then we may be restricted, our spinners may not get turn and it would come to the bat nicely in the second innings. In that case the batsmen would have had to take the pressure."
Shami Ahmed gave India the breakthrough in the eighth over, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma were equally impressive with the new ball. Dhoni credited the seam bowlers for bowling good lines and keeping the run-rate in check. "Even though we did not get many wickets in the beginning, we did not allow them to score runs at the start," he said. "That led to a wicket and we kept attacking."