Saturday, 2 November 2013

India beat Australia by 57 Runs in final ODI

Batting was fantastic, death bowling needs improvement: Dhoni

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was pleased with the way his top-order performed in the seven-match ODI series against Australia but said the team`s death bowling needs improvement.

Rohit Sharma smashed his way into the record books with a stunning 209 as the Indian cricket team provided the perfect Diwali gift to the nation with a 57-run victory in the the series-deciding final ODI to clinch the rubber 3-2 here tonight.

"We have to improve in bowling, something we wanted to do on a team level also. We have chased 350-plus twice but nobody talks about Australia`s bowling line-up. But we need to improve our death bowling," Dhoni said after the match.

The 26-year-old Sharma gave a breathtaking display to power India to an imposing 383 for six before the hosts bowled out Australia for 326 in 45.1 overs at the jam-packed Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Dhoni said: "There was a moment when we were under pressure after losing 2-3 quick wickets. It became a little difficult and we wanted to score 300 and explode from there. 383 wasn`t on our mind but Rohit batted very well.

"This ground has the reputation for batsmen hitting more sixes than fours, especially when you see (Chris) Gayle and Virat (Kohli) batting in the IPL. It`s difficult to contain the batsmen here.

Talking about India`s willow-wielders, the Indian skipper said, "Our Batting has been fantastic, openers have done very well but it would have been good if middle order got a few more runs. Apart form the one game, we scored in each and every game.

Dhoni also praised the crowd that had turned up in large numbers in all the seven venues.

"It has been a fantastic series overall, Australia played very well and the wickets were good. Not all the venues were in metros but the amount of crowd that came was fantastic."

Man of the Match and Series, Sharma said he was not aware that he had broken the record of maximum sixes with 16 hits.