Dhoni rues lack of execution

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded India were outdone by South Africa's seam attack, after Sunday's 134-run defeat in the second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded India were outdone by South Africa's seam attack, after Sunday's 134-run defeat in the second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban.

The result afforded the Proteas an unassailable two-nil series lead, built on the back of centuries from openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock and seven key wickets between fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Right-armers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, meanwhile, were largely economical – and all-rounder Ryan McLaren and part-time slow bowler justified the decision not to select a specialist spinner.

"The bowlers did well. They learned a lot from the last game. The batsmen played some poor shots, they lacked execution. South Africa's bowling attack is very accurate and that's what makes them better from some of the other sides," said Dhoni.

There was not much for the bowlers at the start and they did well in the first 10. Our spinners came in and did a good job. It was a good ODI wicket and we did not execute the plans well."

The third and final ODI will get underway in Centurion on Wednesday, after which the South Africans and Indians will commence a two-Test series at the Wanderers in Johannesburg and this venue.

"You need to keep it simple, you lose some and win some, so I don't worry much if we lose. We need to move on and play well in the next match," concluded Dhoni.

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