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Batting let the team down: Dravid

However, the skipper had all praise for his young bowling attack for "putting up a good effort in tiring conditions".

india Updated: Nov 07, 2005 13:03 IST

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid today said it was the batting which had let the team down and cost it the fifth one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka.

"We lost few quick wickets at a crucial stage and fell short by 25-30 runs in good batting conditions and that was the difference," said the skipper after India suffered their first defeat in the tournament, going down by five wickets in the fifth one-dayer here.

However, he was all praise for his young bowling attack for "putting up a good effort in tiring conditions".

"The boys put in a good effort. Our bowling attack was young and I thought that the way they fought was brilliant.

"We are giving chance to these young boys and they are putting their hands up and delivering. This helps the team and it is good sign for the team. We have played good cricket and we will keep developing in the next two games also," he said.

First Published: Nov 07, 2005 13:03 IST