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Toss and poor fielding did us in: Dhoni

cricket Updated: Sep 13, 2009 10:43 IST

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said toss and poor fielding had a big role to play in his side's comprehensive defeat against Sri Lanka in the inconsequential match of the Compaq Cup tri-nation series in Colombo.

Riding on Sanath Jayasuriya's 98 and Angelo Mathews six for 20, Sri Lanka humiliated India by 139 runs to end their brief stay at the number one position in one-day cricket.

However, India will have a chance to take revenge as they take on the same opponents in the final of the tournament on Monday.

"Toss is important. If you win it, you have 60 per cent chance of winning the match. Moreover, if you score 230-240 runs, then you have a good chance as the bowlers will find it easier to bowl second," Dhoni told reporters at the post-match press conference.

"Our fielding on Saturday was not upto the mark. Even as such we can only improve marginally as it is not fair to expect a fast bowler, who has slogged it out in the hot and humid afternoon, to field well every time," he said.

Dhoni said with runs flowing freely from the blades of Sri Lankan batsmen, he found it difficult to set the field in the right areas.