Friday 28 March 2014 

Video - Dhoni, Rahim After India Qualify

Opposing captains Mushfiqur Rahim and MS Dhoni talk to the press following India's eight-wicket win over Bangladesh that qualified them for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.

Dhoni hit the winning runs as India made it three wins out of three to become the first side through to the semi-finals.

The defeat for the tournament hosts ends their hopes of making it to the knockout stages.

Dhoni says India partly owe their win to the fact that they are used to playing in similar conditions to that which they have encountered in Mirpur, Dhaka, where they are playing all of their matches.

"We knew the conditions quite well, we play in the sub-continent quite a few games, especially the IPL (Indian Premier League), so we had the right kind of exposure.

"We knew the kind of problems that we would face when it comes to bowling and batting and we had to work on that.

So again, we were concentrating on the process, irrespective of what format you are playing.

"I feel it's always the process, that's very important because once you know the problem areas, you can work on it and in a tournament like this, it's very important that you don't expose yourself, your weak links, to the opposition too much."

It was another disappointing day for Rahim and his team, who have won just two games - against Afghanistan and Nepal - since the tournament got underway.

They had planned to make a fast start but once that didn't materialise, they were in trouble, setting a target of just 139 for India.

"We wanted to start really well, but unfortunately it didn't happen, in the first game also, but today probably, as I said, probably a bit improvement in our batting department at least - (better than) what we had last match.

"But still I think there is a lot of areas we need to work on, especially our top order, didn't get enough runs."

He cited the loss of too many wickets, too early in the game, as a key problem for his team.

"Probably if you lose three, four wickets in that top six overs then it's very difficult from there to come back and you are playing against top teams, so you need to play smart cricket, so that didn't happen either.

"So, still two more games to go. Hopefully, from this tonight we will come up with good plans and probably we will come up with better improvements in the next couple of matches."

Bangladesh meet Australia and Pakistan in their final matches while India also play Australia before preparing for their semi-final.

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