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'India bucked the losing trend'

Rahul Dravid was euphoric after India's 20-run win in the 2nd cricket one-dayer.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 12:26 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid was euphoric after India's 20-run win in the second cricket one-dayer on Wednesday, saying his team has finally bucked the losing trend against the West Indies.

"It is good to win these close matches. It is nice to return the compliments to the West Indies. We had lost a few tight games to them and we are now winning them," Dravid said after India's win which gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Dravid praised Dinesh Karthick for his knock which helped the Indians recover from 90-7 and post a defendable 189.

"It was a competitive score and Dinesh Karthick played a special innings. Our spinners performed well. They bowled in right areas. Our catching was also good. It is a team effort."

Losing captain Chris Gayle said Karthick's innings came at a very cruciual time. "He played well in a crucial time. The spinners did a good job for India."

Gayle, who was standing in for the injured Brian Lara, said the slow Barabati track did not help his flamboyant strokemakers.

"We could have accelerated a bit but the wicket was a diffucult one."

Karthick said he wanted to sustain his good form with the bat. "I am carrying my form from South Africa. I want to be consistent in the closing stages and win more games for India," he said.

Asked about his thoughts when the score was 90-7, the 21-year old from Chennai said, "we did not have any plans. I knew that Ajit and Zaheer can play. And we just wanted to stay there and have partnerships."

First Published: Jan 25, 2007 11:56 IST