Dhoni: We should have won the game


India captain MS Dhoni believes his team threw away a golden opportunity to win as they went down by five runs to South Africa in first of five ODIs in Kanpur on Sunday.

The Asian team, chasing 304 for victory, were cruising at 214 for three in the 40th over and came up short despite a brilliant 150 off 133 balls from opening batsman Rohit Sharma.

The Proteas, who scored 303 for five in their 50 overs, fought their way back into the game with disciplined bowling and excellent fielding and eventually pipped the hosts.

Dhoni said after the game: "The outcome was not great for us, there were quite a few things that went wrong, but I think we showed great character to fight on this wicket. We should have won the game."

India were not helped when their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin injured himself while bowling and only completed just more than four overs.

Although he said that Ashwin's remaining overs could have been vital, Dhoni said his other bowlers should have done better.

Dhoni continued: "It was unfortunate that we lost Ashwin. We missed Ash's (Ashwin's) six overs that was crucial because he was our best spinner… until that point the plan was working beautifully but I had to get more overs from Binny and Raina.

"In the end, I thought our bowlers should have done a bit better in the slog overs as there was plenty of reverse swing."