India likely to retain team for second Twenty20

February 26th, 2009 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Feb 26 (IANS) Despite losing the first Twenty20 international, India are unlikely to make any change in the team for the second and last Twenty20 match against New Zealand here Friday.
Both the captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Daniel Vettori felt that the outcome of the match was irrelevant in getting a psychological advantage for the forthcoming one-day and Test series.

Dhoni shrugged off the defeat and said that it was a learning process and would help the players get used to the types of pitches they could expect in the series.

But Dhoni admitted that the Indian batsman have to show more responsibility and care in shot selection when the wickets are down.

“At times when you’re successful (hitting sixes) it looks very good but you have to realise what a safe score is on that wicket. You have to decide whether you want to push for 200 or a score you can defend,” he said on the eve of the match here Thursday.

Dhoni also shrugged off suggestions that New Zealand have gained a mental edge by winning the tour opener.

“You can win a game by a big margin and quite convincingly but now it’s a fresh start. We’ve learnt a lot from our mistakes, and we learn quickly,” Dhoni warned. “I think the New Zealand team knows if we don’t make mistakes in the next game they will have to chase a big score.”

Vettori agreed with his Indian counterpart but was happy that his bowlers could restrict the Indian batsmen to 162.

“I was really pleased we restricted a destructive team to 162 on a very small ground.”

The Black Caps captain also admitted that the way Virender Sehwag started the innings for India, he felt that the target might be out of reach.

“I thought it might be the first time I’ve ever chased 300 in a Twenty20,” said Vettori. “It was a reasonably daunting start. We knew India have got very good players and it’s up to us to back ourselves continually. They are going to put us under pressure the whole series so I was pleased with the guys who fronted up against it.

“We have got to be so precise to get through that initial (batting) onslaught. It took us a little while to catch up so the next game there’ll be huge expectations on our opening bowlers to get us off to a more precise start,” he said.


New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Neil Broom, Nathan McCullum, Ian Butler, Tim Southee and Iain O’Brien.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.

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