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Bizarre batting collapse did us in: Dravid

He said India had a gameplan of making a late charge but the collapse wrecked any such hopes.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 17:39 IST

Captain Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said India had a gameplan of making a late charge towards the target like in the first match in Nagpur but a "bizarre" batting collapse wrecked any such hopes in the third and final Test against England inMumbai.

Chasing a target of 313, India went to lunch at 75 for three before being all out for 100 in about an hour into the tea session, the last seven wickets falling for 25 runs.

The win helped England tie the three-match series 1-1.

"We thought if we don't lose too many wickets, we can have a go at the target in the last session like in Nagpur. But we got out to some bad shots," Dravid said after the loss at the Wankhede Stadium.

"It was bizarre. We batted really poorly after lunch. But credit to England, they kept the pressure on us throughout the match."

Dravid, however, praised the performance of the youngsters in the team. "It is good to see the youngsters do well. They have show great attitude and promise," he said.

England captain Andrew Flintoff, named man of the match and the series, credited the victory to the bowlers who he said helped in gaining a sizeable first innings lead.

"The toss was a bit of a bonus. Andrew Strauss gave us a good start. Posting 400 in the first innings and especially the way we bowled to restrict India was the key," the visiting captain said.

The two teams will now play in a seven-match one-day series beginning with the first in Delhi on March 28.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 15:44 IST