Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is disappointed with the performance of his batsmen after they were bowled out for 146 to lose the second One-Day International to South Africa by 134 runs.
After being hammered by 141 runs in the opening game, India's hopes were high after they fought back with the ball to hold South Africa to 280 for six in Durban.
However, their batting collapsed alarmingly and South Africa ran out easy winners in the end, although Dhoni did concede that the nature of one-day cricket is such that sometimes teams will lose their way with the bat.
"Yes, we didn't bat really well but it can happen," he said. "You can see if your middle order is not performing and you may get a bit exposed if you lose early wickets on the top.
"But also at times what happens (is) you play those big shots and it doesn't pay off and, you know, you end up losing quite a few wickets and that's something that you have to accept and it becomes part and parcel of cricket."
Nevertheless, he left no doubt whatsoever that he expects a lot more from his batting line-up, despite it being relatively inexperienced at the highest level.
"Overall I was very happy with the bowling performance. 280 was a decent score on this wicket because it was on the flatter side, there was not much for the fast bowlers.
"But (I was) a bit disappointed with the batting effort," he added.
India, now 2-0 down in the series, get a final chance to impress when they play the final ODI on Wednesday (11th December) at Centurion.
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