Dhoni - It was game of patience

India skipper pleased with way bowlers stuck to task on flat pitch

Last Updated: 17/11/11 2:24pm

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his bowlers' pack mentality after his side completed a series-clinching win over West Indies in the second Test at Eden Gardens.

The hosts sealed victory by an innings and 15 runs shortly before tea on day four to move 2-0 up with one match remaining.

Having been asked to follow-on on day three after being skittled for 153 in their first innings, West Indies put up a better fight second time around.

Darren Bravo hit 136 and Marlon Samuels 84 but India stuck to their task and the tourists were eventually all out for 463.

"The bowlers are hunting in a pack, (it) doesn't matter who is taking the wickets. I think the first innings was perfect, after that it was a game of patience."
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Rookie seamer Umesh Yadav recorded Test-best figures of 4-80 and there were two wickets apiece for Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin.

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"It was a long fielding session. We got them out comfortably in the first innings but saw the track was getting flatter and there was nothing in it for the bowlers," said Dhoni, who was one of three Indian centurions in their first-innings effort of 631-7 declared.

"The bowlers are hunting in a pack, (it) doesn't matter who is taking the wickets. I think the first innings was perfect, after that it was a game of patience."

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was impressed by the second-innings fightback from his batsmen but acknowledges the need for more consistency.

"I'd like to commend the guys in the second innings and if we put two innings together we can pose a challenge to other teams," said Sammy.

"It was a good fight in the second innings. India showed us how to bat on this track and it called for application."

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