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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 13 March 2016
Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has stated that the team is not thinking too much into the loss against South Africa in the warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
Batting first, South Africa posted a massive total of 196 for eight riding on flamboyant fifties from Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy.
In reply, India notched up 192 for three in 20 overs, eventually falling short of a win by five runs despite Dhawan’s knock of 73 runs from just 53 balls.
Instead of dwelling on the defeat, Dhawan stated that India did really well to post 192 runs on the board while chasing a huge target.
"It is not necessary that every time our finishers will have to pull it off," Dhawan told reporters after the match.
"It was a very big target, and I think we did really well to get to 192.
"The burden of expectation we are carrying is understandable – we are playing at home and all that.
“But we are like a close-knit family, so we also share the burden equally."
Dhawan’s knock was laced with ten boundaries and the left-hander shared an unbeaten 94-run stand with Suresh Raina, who scored a 26-ball knock of 41 runs before retiring.
Stating that it was good to see almost every batsman spend time in the middle, Dhawan was happy to have got a knock under his belt ahead of the Super 10 stages of the tournament.
"Personally, it was great to spend some time out there in the middle," Dhawan said.
"You saw that we gave chance to everyone today, and it is nice to have everyone involved.
"From the last time that we lost to them (South Africa), we have changed the side a bit, and got a much better depth in both batting and bowling.”
After Dhawan and Raina retired hurt, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh played hard hitting cameos but Chris Morris managed to successfully defend 14 runs off the last over to secure a four-wicket win for South Africa.
India will begin their campaign in the 2016 ICC World T20 with the game against New Zealand on the 13th of March in Nagpur.
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