The jubiliant Captain of India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had full praise towards the fielding exhibited from his squad in winning the second Twenty20 against Australia.
India managed to win the first game after a dearth of continuous 15 away games. They were butchered by England last summer in all four Tests, the only T20 and all five One Day Internationals. It was followed by four straight defeats in the recently concluded Tests against Australia and added by another misery by losing the first T20 on February 1, 2012 at Sydney.
India started the day in the second T20, with fine bowling from Praveen Kumar which earned him two quick wickets. He was well supported by rest of the bowlers who restricted the rival batsmen within limits. They bowled out the opposition for a reasonable total which was achieved by their top order batsmen in style. Dhoni complimented his team by saying,
Praveen bowled with the new ball, forcing the openers to make mistakes and the spinners did well too, they went for a few runs in between but overall it was a good effort by the bowlers and equally by the top three batsmen.
Dhoni believed that the result of any match depends on the body language of the entire team. They should go into the match with a positive frame of mind and take a good start which can earn them the match. He further commented,
“We are a side that relies a lot on a good start, not about the runs, a good, calm start is what we look for.
The ground fielding of India in the second T20 at Melbourne Cricket Ground was excellent and Ravindra Jadeja led them from the front . He was instrumental in sending back Aaron Finch and the rival Captain, George Bailey by his accurate throws which showed them the way to the pavilion. All of their fielders were active and diving to save the runs and broke the back of the Kangaroos batting by claiming four run outs in the match.
India won the match by eight wickets and Dhoni must have felt a sigh of relief after having lot of criticism while losing so many matches out of the country especially on the bouncy tracks. He acknowledged that by elaborating,
It is always good to be on the winning side, the boys were exceptional in the field (today), probably the best fielding I have seen. It will be hard to beat this effort.
India has lost the Test series by the Aussies 0-4 but has gained confidence by leveling the two match T20 series 1-1. They have a real challenge ahead in the forthcoming ‘Commonwealth Bank tri-series’. Sri Lanka and Australia will be the two other sides to compete in the tournament.
India will face the hosts on February 5th, 2012, at Melbourne Cricket Ground and Dhoni would like his team to continue performing like they did in the 2nd T20, at the same venue on February 3, 2012 by winning the crunch game.