India vs Australia, 3rd ODI (D/N), Delhi, Oct 31 2009, Australia tour of India
Match Result: India won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: MS Dhoni
Yuvraj Singh: “Yeah, I was a bit rusty at the start. It was a slow wicket at the start, so I wanted to take some time. Most of the time I have a lot of criticism that I can’t play on slow wickets or against spin, so I was proving myself here. I think it was slightly better to bat on second, but it was not a good batting wicket. Hopefully, Mohali will be a better wicket.”
Ricky Ponting: “We were in a good position at 60 for 3, we needed to take a couple of wickets in the middle of the innings, Yuvraj and Dhoni were superb, we had our moments but did not capitalise.
“The ball change was the best time to score (when Aus were batting) but we lost a bit of momentum there. India outplayed us today. It was definitely a better batting surface earlier in the day. We have lost two games in a row, hopefully we’ll get a few more runs on the board in Mohali.”
MS Dhoni | India captain and Man of the Match: “Not an easy game played, a lot of people wait with open swords and want you to make mistakes. We should have got more with the bats and we didn’t start well with our bowling but our spinners did well and pacers also came into action later on. Overall not a very convincing win but good win, we can play a lot better. We’re not playing to our capacity, not even 80%, in batting or bowling.
As a complete batting unit we didn’t perform well but we bounced back well. The target was manageable and a poor batting performance from us. We couldn’t extend it after the opening partnership and we have the experience. You have to stay positive no matter what total you are chasing, we couldn’t execute well. Very good performance from out bowlers, would have loved to chase something like 200. We knew we needed two good deliveries when Tait and Lee were batting.
I won’t say the game was in our hands but we had a good chance if we bowled in the right areas and needed only two good deliveries. It doesn’t always go your way (talking about his batting), the top order has been scoring loads of runs in the last 2-2.5 years so lower order doesn’t get a big chance to bat. Apart from Suresh there’s nobody who loves to do that kind of a job when you go out and you just have to go for the big hits.
The pace was very important on this wicket and the length too. Axar is not a big turner of the ball and he pitched it in the right areas. Bhajji has the experience and they didn’t try too many different things and flighting or under-flighting the ball was needed and overall they did a good job.”
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