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Lack of partnerships cost us match: Dhoni

The Indian skipper rues that despite packing the side with 7 batsmen, the hosts could not build partnerships.

cricket Updated: Oct 05, 2007 21:20 IST

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued that despite packing the side with seven specialist batsmen, the hosts could not build partnerships, which eventually led to the loss against Australia in the third ODI on Friday.

Dhoni was rather happy with the show by the bowlers and said, "Firstly, I have to say, the bowlers did a good job today. While chasing we needed partnerships but they bowled very well."

This was the first time in the series that the Australians were restricted to a sub-300 total.

"Against a team like Australia, you need partnerships and if you don't get them, then you don't even realise when the asking rate goes up to eight," he said after India's 47-run loss.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said though the bowlers could not get wickets during the middle overs, they did well to keep a check on the scoring rate.

"We are getting initial breakthroughs. Irfan (Pathan) is doing well as a first-change bowler but we needed to get wickets in middle overs, we have not been able to do that for the past few matches. Still, personally I think we bowled well, restricting them to 290," he said.

Faced with the enormous task of winning all the remaining matches to claim the series, Dhoni said "every match against Australia is tough but we will try our best."

His Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting, though satisfied with the overall performance of his team, felt there were some loose ends to be tied.

"Things have worked out fine so far. Batting was good on a low and slow track like this. I thought we batted really well to post 290.

"On the bowling front, (Mitchell) Johnson was terrific, Brett (Lee) got his wickets up front while Stuart (Clarke) has been reliable. But there is always room for improvement. I thought fielding was a bit lazy," Ponting said.

The Aussie said his team has done well to adjust to the conditions in India.

"Adapting and adjusting is the key while playing in India. I think we have done that well. Like today, our openers adjusted nicely to set the platform for the rest of the innings," he said.

Man of the match Andrew Symonds echoed his captain's views and said the track required the batsmen to be a bit patient.

"The track kept a little low and we thought getting to 290 was a good effort. Partnerships was the key. Luckily, I had the time to get in and the rest I knew what was required of me," he said.