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Dravid blames inexperience for defeat

Dravid felt the three run-outs in last 15 overs turned the tide in the hosts' favour when a total of beyond 300 seemed possible.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 19:16 IST

Despite West Indies getting home with only a ball to spare, Dravid felt the hosts were always ahead in the game as they had wickets in hand.

"We tried to take the game towards the end. We felt if we could get one or two good overs, we would be in business. It almost worked," the Karnataka batsman said.

He said Sreesanth was given the final over as it was bowled from the slightly better end of the ground.

"He (Sreesanth) was bowling pretty well. I wanted to give him the slightly better end. Irfan bowled the penultimate over at a difficult end since he is more experienced."

"Such experience is good for the boys. This would help them for some of the tournaments we have in future," the skipper said.

Dravid did not sound very hopeful of Yuvraj Singh's full recovery in time for the fourth one-dayer on Friday.

"Back spasm is something you can't say with certainty. But there are still 72 hours for the start of the next game."

Lara was similarly sceptical about the status of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the next match, as he has been struggling with a pulled groin muscle.

"At the moment, it doesn't appear promising," he said.

"Sachin Tendulkar is injured and Yuvraj Singh was missing today. It is about 450 games of experience missing. Normally they are a certainty in the side. Of course, when they are back it would add a lot of stability to the side," Dravid said.

Lara also agreed that this factor made the critical difference in the match.

"The key for us was to have Shivnarine Chanderpaul bat at number six. We had more experience coming on later in the innings."

"When Sehwag got out, I told the boys at the water break that I don't think they would score 300 runs. We knew they had a lot of inexperience. Still we didn't expect them to score 60 runs from the final 20 overs but they did to our benefit," Lara said.

Dravid felt the three run-outs in the last 15 overs of the Indian innings turned the tide in the hosts' favour when a total of beyond 300 looked on the cards.

"Three run outs were the ones which cost us the game today. That's probably the area we need to work on. We can't end up getting run-outs in this manner, it cost us a lot," the skipper said.

"Running between the wickets is an area we have been talking a lot about. Batting towards the end of the innings is another area," he said.