Everything went according to the plan: Dhoni

Updated: June 21, 2013, 8:13 AM IST
Everything went according to the plan: Dhoni

Cardiff: Skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday termed India's eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy semi-final as a well-written script. Dhoni hardly put a foot wrong right from winning the toss and opting to bowl first.

"I think it is a well-written script, good toss to win, started well by the bowler, unfortunately for Sri Lanka they lost Dilshan. We capitalised on that, then the bowlers bowled well, especially the spinners. I think it is important to have good bowlers in the side. The ball was still doing a bit," Dhoni said.

Asked why he decided to bowl four overs of medium pace, Dhoni said, "Bhuvnesh had already bowled 8 or 9, we wanted to keep some of the fast bowlers' overs for the death, so with Karthik around I think might as well give it a go. I thought even if it goes badly, I'll bowl one over. It went okay so I bowled another."

Dhoni rated India's opponent in the final, England, as a good side. "England are a very good side, and we have played a lot against them in the last couple of years," he said.

Man-of- the-Match Ishant Sharma (3 for 33) lauded his fellow pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav. "My strength is the bounce, I stick to my strength. I think up front Umesh and Bhuvi bowled really well. I think the conditions were really favourable here, in the previous games the wickets were quite flat," he said.

First Published: June 21, 2013, 8:13 AM IST

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