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Dew made it difficult for us, says Dhoni

MoM Darren Sammy celebrates West Indies’ win, in the second ODI, on Sunday

Visakhapatnam: Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the dew for India’s loss to the West Indies by two wickets, in Visakhapatnam, on Sunday. Dhoni also praised his bowlers, especially the spinners, for putting up a good show.

The following are excerpts

Dwayne Bravo: It’s a great victory for us… A great team effort… I would like to thank my teammates for this.

Jason Holder and Ravi Rampaul bowled really well and gave us a good start. But, one can’t forget young Veerasammy Permaul… He came into the team for this match and bowled pretty well. And, once we stopped India from going past 300, we backed ourselves for the chase.

A lot of thinking was put into our field placements and bowling in this match. It was a must-win match for us. In the morning, the senior players like Darren Sammy and myself sat together and planned for the match. We communicated well on the field. The bowlers and the fielders executed our plans very well.

We were in control for the better part of the Indian innings. But, it is always very difficult to bowl at MS Dhoni. He is the best player in the world. As far as our chase is concerned, I would like to thank young Kieran Powell, Lendl Simmons and Sammy. What a fantastic innings Sammy played today...

Sammy and Simmons stitched together a very important partnership for us. I myself got out at a crucial juncture. Our target was such that one of our top-five batsmen needed to bat right through the innings. I am very happy that the batsmen responded well and played their part. It’s good for the team.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: There was a lot of dew on the field. It was very difficult for the bowlers to just hold the ball, leave alone bowling in the right areas. I think it was a fantastic effort from our bowlers to take the match to the last over under such conditions.

The toss was very crucial. It was a completely different surface and outfield when we came out to defend our total. It was a completely different story altogether. I am happy for the way we batted in this match and, given the amount of dew on the field, our spinners bowled well and put up a terrific fight.

It was not much of a late start and we thought that even if we bat first, the dew wouldn’t be much of a trouble when we will bowl because there wouldn’t be any dew at least before 7.30. But, it did come in early and that was a bit of a surprise. And it kept getting worse.

It was very difficult to score runs and rotate the strike. We saw that when the West Indies batted as well. Our spinners, even the part-timers, also got a bit of turn and bounce. If there was no dew, 289 was 400-odd on this pitch.

Our next match is in Kanpur. We haven’t played there for some time now. And I believe it is going to be an exciting finish to the series there.

Darren Sammy (MoM): I took some time to get settled when I went out to bat. It was a very important match for myself as well. I would like to thank my teammates for giving me another opportunity. It must have been very difficult for them, given the way the whole tour has gone for me on the field so far.

They gave me another chance and it paid off. We have finally won a match and I am happy to have contributed to the win.

Simmons and myself communicated very well and we had planned to score 30-odd runs during the Powerplays without losing any wicket. We backed ourselves to get 90-odd runs in the last ten overs. The plans paid off.

When you are hitting the ball well, you should be able to bring your team home. And I am very happy to have done that for the West Indies. Hopefully, when the two teams meet for the last match of the tournament, we will put up an improved performance.