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Extra pace options the difference, says Styris

cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2010 00:21 IST
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India were left to rue the fact that the margin of defeat - 200 runs - should really have been the target they were chasing. Two missed opportunities and Abhimanyu Mithun's unavailability, through heat stroke, sustained after bowling just four overs, reduced India's options, which eventually reflected in the scoreboard.

No wonder Scott Styris, who rescued his team with the bat, and then caught both catches that came his way in the slips, pointed to the pace bowling options as the difference between two sides.

"We had four fast bowlers and they had three. That was the difference. We knew that they didn't have reserves," Styris said.

India skipper MS Dhoni rued Mithun's loss. "If you see, we lost Mithun in between. He got heat stroke," Dhoni said.

"Maybe had we caught both chances, the match could have turned around. But still it would have been a big challenge to chase over 200 on this track."

"There was spongy bounce and they have really tall bowlers who don't really bowl quick," Dhoni said. "Most of them were bowling at around 125-126 kmph. They had only one bowler (Andy McKay) who was bowling fairly quick. But by the time he came on to bowl, the job had already been done."