We were under pressure by loss of quick wickets: Dhoni

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Karachi, Jul 3 (UNI) Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the loss of wickets in quick succession for his team's defeat against arch rivals Pakistan but did not shy away to praise Younus Khan for his unbeaten century to take his team to a convincing eight-wicket win to stay afloat in the Asia Cup.

''I thought it was a very good batting track and frankly speaking we did try our best but unfortunately nothing worked.

When I and Rohit were batting we were under pressure because of the quick loss of wickets. On such tracks taking wickets is the key to victory,'' Dhoni said after the loss here yesterday.

Younus, who scored a brilliant 120 and helped his team go past India's 308, came in for a lot of praise from Dhoni and said his bowlers tried everything against him but nothing could stop him yesterday.

''I think Younus Khan played a brilliant innings. The bowlers tried everything against him but he was always ahead of them. He didn't take pressure at all,'' Dhoni admitted.

India's hopes would now be on today's match against Sri Lanka and Dhoni's boys will have to win that match in order go in to the final for which Mahela Jayawerdene's side has already qualified.

Dhoni, however, said his team will give its 100 per cent to in today's match but the right-hander was a little disappointed with his bowlers who could not fetch him the wickets at regular intervals.

''We will go in there and give it our best. But on these pitches you need experienced and quality spinners to tie things up.'' The Indian captain, though, looked to change his earlier stand which caught him in the middle of controversies as he had came out harshly on international schedule including the Asia Cup.

''Ofcourse, now we will sit down and find out what went wrong.

It is not everyday you play back to back games but we are professional cricketers and we have to manage this,'' he said.


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