Dhoni rues missed opportunities in tied Auckland ODI

Ravindra Jadeja took 17 runs off the last over of the match bowled by Corey Anderson to keep India alive in the series against New Zealand.

MS Dhoni reacts after he was dismissed in the tied third ODI at Auckland. (Getty Images)


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Auckland, Jan 25:
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt his team failed to grab the opportunities despite pulling off a sensational draw against New Zealand in the third One-day International here Saturday.

The draw means India can still level the five-match series by winning the remaining two ODIs.

India, chasing 315, did well to reach 314 after being 184 for six in the 36th over.

"I think we batted well. But if we are to pick situations where we could have closed the game quite comprehensively, those were the situations we did not grab. It is a bit disappointing but overall a good result as it keeps us alive in the series," said Dhoni at the post-match presentation at Eden Park.

"I think the straight boundaries were quite short, and even the bowlers who bowled quick, their strengths are all about going full and going for yorkers, and when it doesn't then it tends to be hit down the ground. I think overall 300 would have been fantastic," he said of New Zealand's innings anchored by Martin Guptill (111) and Kane Williamson (65).

Ravindra Jadeja (66 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (65) got India tantalisingly close to victory by sharing 85 runs for the seventh wicket.

"I had faith in them (Ashwin and Jadeja), but my problems started when Jadeja told Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) what he needs to do. Ashwin should have batted till the end, but this is also the first time he was put into a position like this. I definitely feel like he is someone who can definitely bat like a batsman and has improved his power hitting as well, which he has been working on," added Dhoni.


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New Zealand vs India at Eden Park, Auckland on January 25, 2014: For 99 overs India were out of the match. But in the last six deliveries of the night, with 18 required for an unlikely victory, ... more 
New Zealand vs India at Eden Park, Auckland on January 25, 2014: For 99 overs India were out of the match. But in the last six deliveries of the night, with 18 required for an unlikely victory, Ravindra Jadeja almost pulled off a miracle by smashing Corey Anderson for two fours and a six.

Those timely hits, plus a couple of questionable wides, and the singles that Jadeja and last-man Varun Aaron scampered off them, ensured that the game ended with honours even.

New Zealand 314 (Martin Guptill 111, Kane Williamson 65, Luke Ronchi 38, Ravindra Jadeja 2-47, Mohammed Shami 2-84) TIED WITH India 314 for 9 (Ravindra Jadeja 66*, R Ashwin 65, MS Dhoni 50, Corey Anderson 5-63, Hamish Bennett 2-41). less 
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Sat 25 Jan, 2014 2:30 PM IST

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