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'Indian batsmen took away the game'

Flintoff, like in the other two games, praised the Indians for batting well and was not ready to blame his bowlers for the defeat.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 12:16 IST

England captain Andrew Flintoff was left groping for excuses after another defeat at the hands of a buoyant India in the one-dayers on Monday.

Flintoff, like in the other two games, praised the Indians for batting well and was not ready to blame his bowlers for the defeat.

"They batted very well. You can't say the bowlers let us down. India got 40-50 runs more than the previous highest score here. It was always difficult to chase 294 and win," the England all rounder said after his team's 49-run defeat.

Flintoff said every game would be important for his team from hereon and they would try to improve in certain areas.

"There are certain areas we have to improve and we will try to get better and better. Every game is important from now on and our guys all know it, they are all professionals. Hopefully, we will win the next match to keep the momentum going. We can come back into the series if we can win the next two games," he said.

Flintoff praised the efforts of Paul Collingwood, who made a superb 93 for a losing cause, and Geraint Jones who made 32.

"They led the fight-back. But after their exit we lost our way," he said.