Dhoni - Batting to blame

India skipper left to rue another inept batting display at Trent Bridge

Last Updated: 16/06/09 10:58pm

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Dhoni: Under pressure

Dhoni: Under pressure

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted his side's batting "hasn't been up to the mark" following their 12-run defeat to South Africa at Trent Bridge.

"The bowlers did well but we have a few things to work on when it comes to the batting."
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India's latest loss, their third in a row in the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights, came after the reigning champions failed to chase down 131 in Nottingham.

And Dhoni, who has come under serious criticism for his side's failings in England, admitted the top order had not been good enough throughout the competition.

"The team was up for it right from the warm-up," he said.

"But the batting really hasn't been up to the mark. Hopefully, when we come back to England it will be different and improve. With the batsmen, if the top three don't click it becomes very hard.

"The bowlers did well but we have a few things to work on when it comes to the batting."

Great wicket

Victorious South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, whose team will face Pakistan in the semi-finals at Nottingham on Thursday, praised his team's ability to adapt to all surfaces and conditions.

"I think 130 on that wicket was a good total. The wicket was slow and the way we defended the total was excellent," he said.

"We have adapted to all surfaces and we have showed how far we have come in terms of our thinking and our options.

"Our fielding was great. It was a great wicket for our slow bowlers. We needed them to take responsibilty and they did just that.

"Facing Pakistan will be a great day and we'll need to play our best cricket. We are excited about the semi-finals."

Man of the match AB de Villiers, who hit 63 off 51 deliveries, said patience was the key to building a competitive total.

"It wasn't the fanciest knock of my life," he said. "The trick is to have a good foundation for the first 20 balls and then express yourself."

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