Monday, June 29, 2009

Angry Dhoni lashes out at team

MS Dhoni accused India of under-estimating the West Indies bowlers after the tourists were routed by eight wickets in Kingston.

The hosts levelled the series at 1-1 in Kingston - thanks largely to seamers Ravi Rampaul (four for 37), Jerome Taylor (three for 35) and Dwayne Bravo (three for 26) who skittled the tourists for 188.

Runako Morton's unbeaten 85 anchored the West Indies' chase and they got home within 35 overs.

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"We should have shown a bit more respect towards the bowlers. The wicket was a bit different, it was swinging around a bit, not like the previous wicket," said Dhoni, who hit a gutsy 95 on a Sabina Park track upon which both teams exceeded 300 two days ago.

"We didn't assess the wicket well, we just went on with our strokes and that really caused our downfall," he added.

"Once you lose so many wickets early on you are only catching up."

Dhoni's West Indies counterpart Chris Gayle was typically aggressive in his 46-ball 64, but he realised his attack laid the groundwork for today's victory.

"It was a good effort from the guys - Jerome Taylor and Ravi Rampaul set up the game for us. I thought they utilised the conditions very well," Gayle said.

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"Hopefully we can go from strength to strength."

Man of the match Rampaul's figures were vindication for him and the selectors following his recall to the side for the encounter.

"I've been working hard to get back in the team," Rampaul said.

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"I got a bit of swing and took a couple of wickets and it was a good return."

The four-match series will resume on Friday with the first of two ODIs in St Lucia.

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