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Lack of experience in pace bowling showed: Dhoni

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2010 19:22 IST
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Completely outsmarted by Sri Lanka, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday admitted that lack of experience in the pace attack and failure to build partnerships proved costly for his team in the opening Test in Galle.

India were without pace duo of Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth and Dhoni said although the inexperienced seamers --Ishant Sharma and debutant Abhimanyu Mithun did not fare too badly, the lack of experience showed.

"Looking at the conditions in Galle, I think we lacked experience in bowling. It was a learning experience for the seamers, who did a decent job after the first day," Dhoni said after India succumbed to a 10-wicket defeat.

"It was not a kind of start that we were looking for. We lasted just three sessions today. But there are some positives. It was good to see the way Mithun bowled and Sehwag also batted well.