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Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
Dhoni praises 'terrific' bowlers
Inda's bowlers won the day for them against their old adversaries
Inda's bowlers won the day for them against their old adversaries

Captain Mahendra Dhoni saluted India's bowlers after they won a bowl-out against Pakistan following a dramatic tie in their World Twenty20 group game.

Sree Santh held his nerve in the final over of the regular game, and Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa helped win the bowl-out 3-0.

"The bowlers responded and were backed by terrific fielding," Dhoni said.

"Everyone looked comfortable and it was a terrific win. The bowl-out bowlers proved themselves to be the best."

India struggled against some inspired bowling from Mohammad Asif, who took four wickets, as they managed 141-9.

And the skipper says they will need to improve considerably in the Super Eights stage.

I'm going to tell the guys to keep their chins up - we have important games in two or three days

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik

"Of course we won't be fortunate every time. We just went in there, we didn't assess the wicket," Dhoni added.

"Going after the bowlers doesn't work in every game, the wicket was doing something.

"If you have bowlers like Asif, you have to stick in there and accelerate at the end - hopefully we will learn from the mistakes we have made over here."

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik was left to reflect on a missed opportunity to register a win over their fierce rivals but urged his players to look ahead positively to the rest of the tournament.

"It was a very close game and we lost too many wickets early on, which is why this situation went for them," he said.

"We lost it with the last two balls and Misbah-ul-Haq (53) missed out but he played superbly.

"We had already qualified for the Super Eights and I'm going to tell the guys to keep their chins up. We have important games in two or three days."

India v Pakistan as it happened
14 Sep 07 |  Cricket


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