New Zealand cricketer James Franklin, second left, and teammates celebrate after winning the Twenty20 international cricket match against India in Chennai. AP/Arun Sankar K
New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni erred in his decision after winning the toss, and said the entire Kiwi outfit was surprised when the Indian skipper decided to bowl first in the second Twenty20 game at a relatively slow Chepauk pitch in Chennai.
"Honestly, India's decision to field raised a few eyebrows in our camp. Having had the experience of playing IPL here, we always knew it was a win the toss and bat first pitch," Franklin said after stealing a one-win win at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk here last night.
Sent into bat, New Zealand rode on Brendon McCullum's blistering 91 to post a competitive 167 for five on the board and then restricted India to 166 for four.
India, however, looked at ease till Virat Kohli's (70) dismissal, but their chase fell apart when comeback man Yuvraj Singh (34) departed in the final over. Even though Dhoni remained unbeaten on 22, it was not enough to see the Men in Blue home.
"Our plan after Virat's dismissal was to not let the new batsman settle in and get the required run-rate up and try to induce mistakes from them," Franklin said.
"Dhoni is a big hitter, but the ball was gripping and stopping a bit on the batsmen. It was about bowling cleverly."