Sunday 30 March 2014 

Video - Dhoni Praises Yuvraj, Bailey Disappointed

Watch as Indian captain MS Dhoni praises Yuvraj Singh for setting up a 73-run win over Australia, who were bowled out for just 86 - much to the disappointment of their captain George Bailey.

Yuvraj struck 60 in 43 balls to signal a return to form as India hit 159 for seven, having to set a target for the first time in the competition.

And 160 proved way beyond Australia, who were shot out for their lowest ever score at the ICC World Twenty20 in just 16.2 overs.

Dhoni paid tribute to the way that Yuvraj's innings helped them put a good score on the board.

"You know, at times you tend to still look at maybe 160-plus is a good score, we need to accelerate, we need to accelerate and you lose too many (wickets) and you end up getting 130 runs, so I felt in the middle period, Yuvraj (Singh) batted really well," he said.

"He gave himself time, it was an ideal opportunity for him to see through the initial 10 or 15 deliveries and we all know the kind of batting line-up we have, anyone who eats up the deliveries initially, if he stays to the end, he'll make much more runs than the amount of deliveries he faces, so that's a big positive for us.

"Overall the whole batting line-up got a bit of batting, so it looks good as of now and hopefully, we won't have any injuries before the semis."

And after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the man-of-the-match award by taking four wickets, Dhoni lauded his bowling attack for their performance.

"We have bowled really well so far in the tournament, but still, as I said, on that particular day, you have to bowl well and bat well.

"It's a very short format, 20 overs, every couple of overs that you bowl, they can actually change the entire course of the game, so you have to see at what pace the game is going and all the things that are happening.

"It's not easy to judge a T20 game and you have to be in the scenario, in the mix of the game on that particular day.

"So I think it will be interesting, you know, the coming games, the semi-finals, I feel the better teams will be the ones who will play consistently and win games."

As group winners, India will play the runners-up of Group One, which will be South Africa while one of New Zealand and Sri Lanka will also qualify.

Australia were already out of the competition before the match started and Bailey confirmed that this was the worst batting performance from the team since he took over as captain.

"I'd go so far as to say it's the most disappointing game that I've led from this team for three years," he began.

"Yes, very disappointing...batting performance, sorry...I was quite happy with the way we bowled and fielded. I probably should qualify that."

He added that the Indian bowlers had done well but the Australian batsmen were guilty of letting themselves down, slumping to a third straight defeat.

"I'll give every credit to the Indian bowlers, they obviously bowled really well, but I certainly don't think that our batters can hold their heads particularly high in terms of our shot selection, our match awareness, our game sense.

"All the stuff we spoke about from the last game (six wicket defeat by West Indies) that we weren't partucularly happy with.

"We asked for improvement and we certainly didn't have that."

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