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World T20: Dhoni praises Raina, Mishra for playing their part in India's win against Pak

IANS  Mirpur, March 22, 2014
First Published: 14:08 IST(22/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:18 IST(22/3/2014)

India could not have asked for a better start to their 2014 ICC T20 World Cup campaign as they managed to keep their slate clean against arch-rivals Pakistan by beating them by seven wickets at the Sher-E-Bangla stadium here on Friday.

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Happy with his team's performance in the opening game, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in all praise for his batsmen, especially Suresh Raina, who played a crucial part in India's win along with Virat Kohli.

"It is good to see Raina among the runs, with him around it gives us the firepower in the middle order," said Dhoni, lauding Amit Mishra as well.

"I think today Amit Mishra bowled 70-75 percent of what he can bowl," he said.

However, Dhoni lamented the dropped catches. "A few dropped catches, it would have been better if we could have taken them, apart from that it was a fantastic game. Rohit and Dhawan gave us a good start, Kohli and Raina capitalised," he said.

Meanwhile, Mishra, who was the pick of Indian bowlers as he took two wickets for just 22 runs in his quota of four overs, said he always went after the wickets.

"I did some hard work, I'm very happy we won this match. I'm always thinking of going for wickets, and building up pressure. MS (Dhoni) gave me a lot of support today, the sort of support you need as a bowler," he said.
 
Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez said his team was 20 runs short.

"The pitch was damp a little, not coming onto the bat, there was extra bounce. We were 20 runs short, we also dropped some catches, we have to take them in matches like this. Still a long way to go in this tournament," he said.

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