It was a score beyond expectations, Dhoni, Sehwag admit

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Indore, Nov 17 (UNI) After a poor start in the second ODI against England here today, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and vice-captain Virender Sehwag said they did not expect India to post a formidable 292.

After being reduced to 29 for three at one stage, India bounced back with a strong 134-run fourth wicket stand between Gautam Gambhhir (70) and Yuvraj Singh (118).

Dhoni said he was looking at a total in the vicinity of 250.

''We were looking at a score of 250 but it was Yuvraj (Singh), Gautam (Gambhir) and Yusuf Pathan who made 292 possible,'' Dhoni said.

Sehwag said, ''I sent a message to Gautam that a score of 230-240 would be competitive here.

''The pitch was not easy to bat on, the ball was stopping before coming on to the bat. But thanks to Gautam, Yuvraj and of course Yusuf, we crossed the 290-mark,'' he said.

Before Yusuf Pathan slammed an unbeaten 50 off just 29 balls to power India to a commanding total, all-rounder Yuvraj and Gambhir put on 134 runs to take out the team from the danger.

Dhoni said he was not surprised by the way Yusuf battede and added that he knew what reputation the all-rounder has.

''He was up to the mark. He is known for this kind of batting and it was expected of him,'' he said.

Yuvraj and Sehwag shared seven wickets between them and the Indian vice-captain reckoned that the hosts benefited from the presence of a number of part-timers in their ranks.

''I think it gave us more options. If you have batting all-rounders, who can roll their arms over, and especially on this kind of wickets, it really helps you,'' Sehwag explained.

Meanwhile, man-of-the-match Yuvraj said he was happy with his form and credited Gambhir for the bail-out act they carried out together.

''At 29 for three, I thought I need to go out there and spend some time as the wicket was not easy to bat on. Talking to Gambhir in the initial stages helped me a lot,'' he noted.


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