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Last Updated: Monday, 20 March 2006, 15:05 GMT
Dhoni plays down run out dispute
Mahendra Dhoni struggles to make his ground
Dhoni was given out by the third umpire
Mahendra Dhoni played down controversy over his dismissal as India struggled on the third day against England in the Mumbai Test match.

He was run out for 64 after TV umpire K Hariharan upheld England's appeal.

"I haven't seen the TV replays so I can't say much about that. It is a decision taken by the third umpire and has to be respected," said Dhoni.

"When I passed the stumps I thought he had missed but when I turned to pick up my bat, I saw the bails were missing."

Replays shown inside the ground were not clear as to the exact moment the bails were completely dislodged.

There were claims that the operator of the TV screen inside the Wankhede Stadium pressed the red 'out' button before the umpire had given his decision.

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But the Press Trust of India quoted an unnamed Mumbai Cricket Association official as saying that Mr Hariharan had not been pressurised into giving Dhoni out.

"He also felt the batsman was out, but the operator should not have taken the matter in his hand and flashed the decision on the screen before the umpire's verdict," he added.

Dhoni was disappointed to get out at a time when India were 212-6 and trying to rebuild in reply to England's 400 all out. They were eventually dismissed for 279.

"Had I stayed for another 10 to 15 overs, the situation would have been completely different.

"The ball was new and coming onto the bat nicely. There were plenty of opportunities for runs being scored," he said.

England were 31-2 at the close of play, a lead of 152 runs, but Dhoni insisted India were not out of the match.

"Anything around 250 (to chase) will be good. We have good spinners and the ball is turning," he added.



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