India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is disappointed that his side fell 24 runs short of New Zealand in the first One-Day International in Napier.
Chasing a target of 293, India gave New Zealand a scare or two, with Virat Kohli hitting 123 and Dhoni himself making 40 before they were bowled out for 268.
Dhoni lamented the fact that they had been unable to build partnerships at crucial times during their run chase.
"I think that three wickets, me, (Ravindra) Jadeja and (Ajinkya) Rahane, we really got out in quick succession and I feel that that was the period that we needed a partnership to go on a bit further so that we could have targeted the spinner," he said.
Young New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne had to leave the field with a side strain and Dhoni felt this presented India with an opportunity that they missed.
"You know with one of their bowlers getting injured we had an extra two overs, but sadly the batsmen didn't hang around and there was no partnership.
"So I think they learnt about the wickets that until the game is really over, we shouldn't think that it is over."
During the recent tour of South Africa, Dhoni was never afraid to criticise his players if he felt they weren't performing, but here he had praise for his bowlers in unfamiliar conditions.
"In this particular game I think that the first three of four overs we didn't bowl really well but after that we came back nicely. I think in the middle overs, the spinners also bowled well and we used a few overs off the part-timer Virat Kohli and he also contributed.
"I think that that bowling was fantastic. The last few overs were really good. When their set batsmen was batting we were able to contain them so that is a big positive out of this game.
"And if you look at the positives when it comes to batting, not many batsmen scored but we were still able to get close to 290 runs which means that we have got plenty of firepower."
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