Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains optimistic that India can still draw the One-Day International series in New Zealand after the two sides tied a dramatic third match in Auckland.
Dhoni was one of three Indian players who made half-centuries as they recovered from 146 for five to close on 314 for nine having earlier dismissed New Zealand for 314.
Dhoni says that although he would have obviously liked to have won the game, at least the tie keeps the series alive with two games to play.
"Well, I think you would have loved to win the game over here, but at the same time...the most important thing (is) being alive in the series and that's what this tie does to us.
"We should have lost the game at 145 or 146 (when the side had lost five wickets). Then once the kind of partnership we got, you know we should have won it from that point.
"With 14 or 15 runs difference, you know, I think we should have (won), but it didn't go our way. I think overall the decision of a tie was a good one because good cricket was played, over the period of time, and I think, you know, bad cricket was also played from both sides and that's the reason, you know, we are on even terms as of now, but it's good that we are alive."
Looking ahead to the remaining two matches, both of which India must now win to claim a 2-2 series draw, Dhoni added:
"We can do it, we can't win the series but at least we can, you know, hold it to a draw."
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