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We lost in the first 15 minutes: Dhoni

cricket Updated: Nov 08, 2009 16:57 IST

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Dejection writ large on his face after losing the ODI series to Australia, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team lost today's do-or-die match in the first 15 minutes itself.

Dhoni's gamble to bat first on a tricky track boomeranged and the match virtually slipped out of their hand by nine overs when the home side was gasping for breath at 27 for five.

"During the toss I said that the first half hour will be crucial for us but the first 15 minutes proved more than enough," Dhoni said after the match.

"We lost quite a few wickets after that we never really were in the game," he explained.

With today's win, Australia took an unassailable 4-2 lead in the series.

For Australia, pace duo of Doug Bollinger (5/35) and Mitchell Johnson 3/39) made merry on a wicket which offered generous movement even though Dhoni defended his decision to bat first and felt a score in the vicinity of 220 could have been enough.