Dhoni has special praise for Amit Mishra

‘Mishra bowled exceedingly well, he was able to put pressure’
29dhoni-bowlersTeam India’s hopes of levelling the two-match T20 series against the West Indies got washed away with the downpour in Florida, on Sunday, as the second match had to be called off. West Indies took home the series 1-0.

Chasing 144 to win and level the series, India were 15 without loss in two overs when rain stopped play.

Dealing with disappointments on consecutive days, Dhoni managed to put up a brave face.

Talking about the match, Dhoni was pleased with his bowlers’ performance, especially leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

“I felt bowlers executed plan very well. 150 was a good score to achieve. I’m not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through. If you compare the two games, you’d wonder if we were playing on the same wicket.

“We did take a bit of risk with Mishra coming in replacing Binny because we were one batsman short. We realise on a wicket like this, we needed an extra bowler and a leg-spinner can give you wickets. It paid off well. Mishra bowled exceedingly well, he was able to put pressure and he was well supported by Ashwin. It’s fantastic effort by both of them.”

Winning captain Carlos Brathwaite said even as they did not post a bog total, they were confident of winning.

“It (wicket) was a bit slower. Their bowlers bowled well. Kudos to them. Indian bowlers executed their plans really well. We tried our best, but didn’t get the score we wanted. But we always had full confidence in defending our total,” the strapping West Indian said.

“For me as a young leader to know and lead the players is an exciting experience. We want to remain champions and entertain the West Indies crowd.”

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