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We were simply outplayed: Dravid

Giving West Indies due credit for their emphatic 135-run victory in the series decider, Rahul Dravid said India were outplayed in all departments of the game.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2002 23:58 IST

Giving West Indies due credit for their emphatic 135-run victory in the series decider here today, skipper Rahul Dravid said India were outplayed in all departments of the game.

"They played better cricket than us and deserved to win the match," stand-in skipper Dravid said after India were bolwed out for 180 in 36.5 overs in reply to West Indies 315 for six in 50 overs.

A disappointed Dravid refused to blame either his batsmen or bowlers for the loss. "I asked the boys to give their 100 percent in the last two matches. I can't complain because everyone tried their best.

"We were simply outplayed in all departments of the game," Dravid, who lost his first match as a skipper in four matches, said.

Dravid said India were in control of the match till the 40th over when Marlon Samuels unleashed a flurry of shots to propel West Indies to a mammoth total.

"West Indies have been batting very well in the series, but Samuels' knock today was something special.

"We thought we could restrict the West Indies to 275 or so but it didn't happen. Then we went on to lose some early wickets which put pressure on us," Dravid said.

Triumphant skipper Carl Hooper said while he thought the toss was vital "we knew if we put up a good total, took a few chances and bowled well, we could win the match. And that's just what we did today".

Lavishing praise on Samuels, who hit ten fours and five sixes in his 75-ball 108, Hooper said the knock by the youngster was simply "unbelievable".

"It was an exceptional innings. It was one of the best one-day knocks that I have seen in my career."

Hooper was also appreciative of pace bowler Jermaine Lawson, a replacement for Ryan Hinds who played his first match of the series today. "To think that he just arrived and picked up four wickets - it was a tremendous performance from the youngster."

Hooper said it was good to see the team regroup after the defeat in the Test series and the 4-3 victory in the one-day series had "set us up nicely for the World Cup".

Man-of-the-match Samuels said he played to his strategy today which was to play straight and stay till the end.

On the red handkerchief that he took out of his pocket when he reached his hundred, Samuels said it was given to him by Austarlian skipper Steve Waugh last year as a good luck charm.

Chris Gayle, who was declared the man-of-the-series for the three hundreds he scored as well as the three wickets that he picked in the crucial match today, said the tour had been a very good experience for him. "It is difficult to beat India on their home ground but we managed to do it," he said.

First Published: Nov 24, 2002 18:08 IST