Our Spinners Were The Difference - MS Dhoni
Indian captain MS Dhoni praised the efforts of his spinners - particularly part-timers Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu - as well as his team's fielding following India's six-wicket win over England in the second One-Day International at Trent Bridge.
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After England made a good start, India's slow bowlers managed to peg them back, bowling them out for 227.
Then, Rayudu scored an unbeaten half-century to guide India to a comprehensive six-wicket win with seven overs to spare.
"I was surprised by how much it turned, because we though it would not turn that much and to some extent we were surprised," Dhoni said.
It really brought our spinners into the game and I felt (Suresh) Raina's spell was crucial because Mohit (Sharma) got injured and you're not really sure if he will come back and bowl the seven overs that he had to bowl, so I had to get those seven overs from the part-times.
"I am happy that Raina and (Ambati) Rayudu contributed more than seven overs and there was less pressure on me, so I think that it was a very good bowling effort."
He added that he was also pleased with the fielding effort, which included a direct hit from Mohit Sharma to run out Ian Bell and an outstanding slip catch from Suresh Raina to remove Ben Stokes.
"Well, it's fantastic... as far if you see the performance you... I think it's a fantastic performance by the whole team.
"What was brilliant apart from the bowling was the fielding also, you know, (Ian) Bell's wicket at that point in time was very crucial, then (Suresh) Raina's catch in the slips...those are the things that really helps you as a team and as a partnership going, even when there is a bit of assistance, that kind of help from the fielders.
"I'm glad, you know, that we are fielding really well and it's important in the coming two games as well that we field well."
Video courtesy of SNTV
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England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, LondonIndia 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonEngland 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, LondonEngland 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, BristolMatch abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, CardiffIndia 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
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England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, LeedsEngland 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
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