Rajkot, Nov 14 (UNI) Captain Kevin Pietersen blamed the loss of four quick wickets early in England innings and Yuvraj Singh's heroics with the bat for the 158-run hammering that the visitors received at the hands of India in the first ODI here today.
''That innings (of Yuvraj) and the fact we lost quick wickets at the top did us in,'' Pietersen told mediapersons after the first of the seven-match ODI today.
''We lost the game when we lost four quick wickets and when you are chasing such a huge score you got to keep wickets in hand,'' he added.
Yuvraj Singh, who was struggling with pain in his back, struck an unbeaten 78-ball 138 runs and virtually took India to position from where England needed to play extraordinarily to go one-up in the series.
However, the English skipper said it is a seven match series and his teammates will assess the loss to bounce back in the series.
''We need to keep our morale up and not get disillusioned by this loss.
''We have pinpointed out the areas where we can all improve individually and as a team and we will be addressing these issues before the next match in Indore,'' Pietersen said, and added, ''we need to look ahead and forget this defeat.'' Pietersen, however, praised Ravi Bopara, who was responsible for his captain's run out, and Samit Patel saying that the top order should take a cue from the way they batted.
The captain was satisfied with his own personal form and said, ''it was good to get runs early in the tour though we ended on the losing side.'' UNI AV/GS RAR KP1749