India v Sri Lanka, Tri-series, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

'Dew became a huge factor' - MS Dhoni

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January 6, 2010

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Harbhajan Singh in action during his three-wicket spell, India v Sri Lanka, Tri-series, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, January 5, 2010
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MS Dhoni, the India captain, has said dew contributed significantly to his team's defeat against Sri Lanka in Mirpur and would prefer if the start times of the games were brought forward for the remainder of the tri-series in Bangladesh.

Kumar Sangakkara won the toss for the second time in the tournament and sent India in to bat, preferring to chase in wet evening conditions. India posted 279 for 9, a total which Sri Lanka chased down with five wickets in hand and two overs to spare.

"It was always going to be difficult to defend a total like 280-285. Dew became a huge factor. We knew we had to pick early wickets. After the first 10 overs there was nothing for the bowlers," Dhoni said. "It was difficult for the spinners to grip the ball. The ball kept slipping out. There were no yorkers, no reverse-swing and no spin for my bowlers."

"We can make a request for an early start but if you have to play at the same time, you have to come up with something else."

Sri Lanka had the better of the conditions in the series opener as well. Bangladesh scored 260 for 7 after losing the toss, a target which Sri Lanka chased for the loss of only three wickets with 31 balls to spare. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, had said the dew hade made conditions "almost unplayable and unfit to play" during the second half of the match.

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