India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore December 25, 2012

We were 10-15 runs short - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

India were 10 to 15 runs short of a "safe" total against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international, according to their captain MS Dhoni. India's openers put on 77 runs inside 11 overs to give the hosts a solid base but Pakistan struck regularly after that, as India collapsed to finish on 133 for 9.

"We should have got more runs," Dhoni said. "We got a fantastic start from the openers but we couldn't capitalise. We lost regular wickets and that hurt us. We should have got 10-15 runs more, 145 would have been a safe score."

India began superbly with the ball as the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets but fifties from the Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik set the platform for the visitors' five-wicket win. India's quick bowlers picked up all five Pakistan wickets to fall, but the part-time bowlers conceded 75 runs in 7.4 overs as Malik's six off Ravindra Jadeja in the final over ended the game. Dhoni used up his fast bowlers by the 19th over, and had to bring on Jadeja for the 20th.

"It was a gamble to finish the pacers early," Dhoni said. "Malik and Hafeez were going well so we needed wickets. They were also going at a very fast pace so we had to take a gamble. The pacers did well, they left 10 runs for the last over which I thought was good."

Malik said Pakistan were struggling when Bhuvneshwar struck early but credited Hafeez for playing a "brilliant innings." Hafeez said once the India spinners came on, Pakistan knew they had a chance. He also praised his bowlers for bringing Pakistan back into the game.

"We wanted to do well at the start of the series," Hafeez said. "[Mohammad] Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew we had a good attack. We knew that [Umar] Gul is always good with the old ball. They restricted India where we wanted them to. Once the [India] spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time and it worked. It is a gift for the whole nation. It is Quaid day back home."

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  • manu on December 27, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    People of other countries dont respect indian cricket team so only they call our team as weak team n rate us below bd...but d fact is in d last 10 years v were 1 of d consistent teams in both odi n tests...since 2002 v have lost test series to aus in 2004,to pak in 2006,to sa in 2006,to sl in 2008,to aus in 2008(v lost it due to poor umpiring),to aus n england recently(thats bcs of poor fitness n poor form of key players ) i e 1 series loss every year (which is next best to sa n aus) n in odis v have won wc, away series in aus pak sl wi nz eng n lost home series only to pak(1s) n aus(twice) n these stats show our consistency .. Ya in tests v were not doing well(as our team in transition with d retirement of key players) but v ll surely improve bcs v have that quality.. so people check stats(u ll always get in cricinfo) before giving negative comments abt indian cricket...

  • Muthuvel on December 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    lots of respect for Ajmal and the new 7 footer.. amazing bowling by pak. Poor bowling by Jadeja and Yuvi had a bad day bowling.

  • Muthuvel on December 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Actually Jadeja is not skilled enough to play as an alrounder for India.

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Dhoni cannot be blamed, his bowlers gave him a good start, overted by some exceptional responsible batting from more experienced batsmen. India should look ahead as to how they should deal with Pakistani bowlers, 7.1 footer bowler with such a strong built is a revelation. India with vast population should tap such a talent.

  • alfred on December 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    should've scored more runs..... didnt, means you were not good enough, just as india were not good enough in the tests against england. the excuses are poor just like his captaincy.

  • Raghesh on December 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    The teams failure to play good cricket is getting reflected in the results , the strategic failures, inspiration and lack of dedication from the players are contributing to the failures of the team. The quota selction policy need to be abolished and a selection policy based on merit to be introduced. current not the past statics to be considered while selecting a team.,BCCi goveringin body should get rid of politicians and bring in qualified administrators . BCCi has failed in nurturing talent at grass root level , .So Dhoni, it is time to think about your players skills and dedication .

  • mohammad on December 27, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    After the world cup win, did not all the past 4 captains said, " DHONI IS THE BEST CAPTAIN INDIA EVER HAD'. Everyone in India was all praise for Dhoni. There is nothing called permanent in this world. Poor captain DHONI now.

  • JIGNESH on December 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Cold, you were always 10-15 runs shorter because you never make runs. If you would have made those 10-15 runs, may be the result would have been different. Only India can let play 5-6 players in all formats. India have 27 local teams, but the selectors just don't wanna do their work as selection of perfect cricketer for perfect format of game. Dhoni just played 4 tests against ENG with making less than 200 runs in 6 innings with so less strike rate of 34.40, but still in T20 squad. This only happens in India. I currently live in the U.S. but I was stealing the time to watch the matches, but now I decided no more. There are many other important thing to do in life rather watching these gut-less and ball-less cricketers. Why Gauti still in the squad, I really don't understand. This moron always plays test-like in ODIs and ODI-like in T20, but always find his name in all formats. Raina was given more than enough chances already, but still getting it. Why Irfan is not in team?

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Jadeja has lost more matches for India than Clarke has won for Australia.

  • Harkamal on December 26, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    A captain needs. a good bowler before being judged! IF had no business orientated BCCI, from a population thats vast, india could find many decent fast bowlers, their dna is as good as neighbouring countries.. every captain good or bad has its qualities.. Dhoni has a something of an x factor in that indian captain dont free think as he does in the shorter format.. Playing any big series requieres someone that see's the task ahead and not the undue pressure.. he backs his players instead of blaming.. a good captain.. we are lucky in Virat Kohli.. but will not see someone with the Charisma Dhoni possses! Tendulkar is a loss, fitter next gen players makes this less apparent.. Dhoni's loss will be felt when playing outside india and longer series.