Champions Trophy 2013: MS Dhoni thrilled with India’s versatile display

Champions Trophy 2013: Mahendra Singh-Dhoni heaps praise on India for a great all-round display in a win against Pakistan

By Callum Orr
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MS Dhoni's side beat Pakistan Photo: The Sport Review

Mahendra Singh-Dhoni heaped praise on India for their all-round performance after they beat Pakistan by eight wickets in their final Champions Trophy group match at Edgbaston.

Pakistan, who continued their conservative form with the bat, were dismissed by India for 165 runs, but looked to have been given a reprieve as several rain delays saw India’s innings restricted to just 22 overs.

But despite further breaks in the play due to the adverse Birmingham weather conditions, Dhoni’s men comfortably eclipsed the Duckworth/Lewis altered required target of 102 with 17 balls to spare.

And the 31-year-old believes that his team are finding their form at just the right time, standing them in good stead for the rest of the tournament.

“The whole team is doing well in all three departments,” said Dhoni. “Individuals are taking responsibility and it’s working really well.

“We are the top fielding side in world cricket right now and we need to keep that intensity up. The middle order has not really been needed but our top order is doing the job and players like myself, Suresh Raina and Ravi Jadeja are established. We just need to improve our death bowling.”

India’s bowling attack restricted Pakistan to just 165 runs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 2-19 from eight overs with the new ball.

And the man-of-the-match insisted that it was business as usal for India, despite the disruptive weather.

“We knew there was bounce in the wicket,” said Kumar. “I was not nervous but you get to the ground you always.”

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