Friday 6 December 2013 

Video - We Must Improve - Dhoni

Watch as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says that his side must improve following a heavy defeat in the first One-Day International against South Africa.

India were bowled out for 217 after South Africa smashed 358 for four at The Wanderers in Johannesburg and folliowing that 141-run defeat, they must win both remaining matches - in Durban and Pretoria - to take the series victory.

Dhoni has called on his bowlers to step up in the first instance and prevent sides from scoring huge totals, which has been a problem since rule changes introduced in October.

"I want our bowlers to step up, so you don't give away 300 or 300-plus runs, because that pits pressure on the batsmen," Dhoni said.

"Right from the very start they have to go after the bowlers, which I feel on these conditions it's slightly difficult.

Paying tribute to South Africa's bowling attack, he added:

"They've got fantastic bowlers - Dale Steyn is one of the best and in these conditions he can really swing the ball, if you see how he bowled to Rohit (Sharma) in the initial three or four overs.

"It's very difficult because it doesn't really move from the good area, and he (Steyn) just keeps bowling there.

"So I think we'll have to step up overall, but at the same time the bowlers will have to do slightly better (than) in this game, and the batsmen will have to mentally prepare themselves for the next one."

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