Rain forces abandonment but Mahendra Singh Dhoni says 295 was achievable

Oct 24 2013, 10:36 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni also backed his butterfingered fielders to come back strongly in the next match (PTI) Mahendra Singh Dhoni also backed his butterfingered fielders to come back strongly in the next match (PTI)
SummaryIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni backed his batsmen to overhaul the 296-run target.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni backed his batsmen to overhaul the 296-run target set by Australia in the fourth ODI which was called off due to rain in Ranchi on Wednesday. Dhoni said all that his side would have needed was a good start to chase down the target after Australia made 295 for eight on being asked to bat at the JSCA Stadium.

"It depended on the first 15 overs, on the start we get. If we didn\'t lose too many wickets the pitch would have become better to bat on," he said after the match was washed out. India were 27 for no loss in 4.1 overs when heavens opened up for the second time during the match. The match was stopped at 6.18 pm because of light drizzle which later intensified. , making the ground unplayable.

The match was called off after the umpires found out that the ground was too water logged to continue the proceedings. "The weather is not in our control. We wouldn\'t have minded a 20 over game with the start we had," Dhoni said.

India\'s fielding was not upto the mark today as they dropped as many as six catches, but Dhoni backed his butterfingered fielders to come back strongly in the next match. "At times it happens, some of the stadiums it is difficult to sight the ball," he said. (PTI)

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