Dhoni blames no-balls, dew for defeat
MUMBAI, India (AP):
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed dew, which he said affected spin bowling and two no-balls for his team's seven-wicket loss against West Indies at the World Twenty20 semi-final yesterday.
"When they started batting, the first few overs were fine, but after that, there was a considerable amount of dew, which meant the spinners couldn't bowl how they would have liked to," Dhoni said.
Lendl Simmons' blistering unbeaten 82 off 51 balls was well supported by Johnson Charles' 52 off 36 deliveries before André Russell smashed 43 off just 20 balls to help guide West Indies to 196-3.
India had scored 192-2 on the back of Virat Kohli's unbeaten 92, the No. 3 batsman's third unbeaten half-century in the tournament after his 55 against arch-rival Pakistan and 82 not out against Australia.
India had their moments to come back into the match, which ultimately ended up in a one-sided victory for the 2012 champions, West Indies.
Twice, India got rid of Simmons, first, when the right-hander was on 18, and then when he reached 50, only to see the bowlers overstepping the crease and bowling no-balls.
"The only thing I'm disappointed about is the two no-balls," Dhoni said.
"I feel that the point at which the no-balls were bowled were quite crucial.
"A no-ball is something that can be avoided, especially the front foot no-ball ... the only thing is that if you don't want to bowl a no-ball, you should never bowl a no-ball."