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Mixed feelings for Dhoni after tie; miffed with fielding, UDRS

Miffed with the controversial Umpire Decision Review System and his team's fielding, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was left with mixed feelings after the thrilling tie against England in a Group B World Cup match in Bangalore.

cricket Updated: Feb 28, 2011 10:01 IST

Miffed with the controversial Umpire Decision Review System and his team's fielding, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was left with mixed feelings after the thrilling tie against England in a Group B World Cup match in Bangalore.

"Adulteration of technology with human thinking is bad. That's why we didn't get that wicket. Hopefully, next time it will be either technology or human intention," Dhoni said last night referring to England batsman Ian Bell's close shave.

Bell was ruled not out by on-field umpire Billy Bowden as well as the third umpire despite TV replays clearly showing the ball hitting the stumps, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

When Yuvraj Singh struck Bell on the pads with the final ball of the 26th over, Bell was on 17. He later went on to score 69, thanks partly to the DRS that went in his favour.

"If the Hawkeye says it's going to hit the stumps, then there is no reason (why an appeal should be turned down)."

Riding on Sachin Tendulkar's record fifth World Cup ton, India piled up a mammoth 338, but despite setting a stiff asking rate, they nearly gave it all away last night.

Dhoni hoped the tie would help his team realise the importance of fielding.

"With this tie everyone in the team will realise that even one run can be important. India has many strenghths but fielding is not one of them," he said.

"We cannot improve the fielding. There are some slow fielders. But we have got the talent to improve the bowling," Dhoni said when reminded about India's fielding and bowling.

Asked about the penultimate over that nearly paved the way for an England win, Dhoni said he had no other option but to bring in Piyush Chawla.