Shoddy shot selection disappoints Dhoni

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni questioned a slew of inadequate stroke play and shot selection, after India sunk to a 72-run defeat the hands of Australia in Sunday's first ODI in Pune.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni questioned a slew of inadequate stroke play and shot selection, after India sunk to a 72-run defeat the hands of Australia in Sunday's first ODI in Pune.

The Aussies posted a formidable total of 304 for eight on the back of half-centuries from opener Aaron Finch and captain George Bailey, as well as quickfire cameos from all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner.

The hosts' reply, however, was considerably poorer – and lined with displeasing choices. Opener Rohit Sharma's 61, in fact, was the highest score in a closing tally of 232 all out.

The left-handed Shikhar Dhawan, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni, meanwhile, managed a mere seven, seven, 11 and 19 respectively.

"We had some good partnerships, but failed to convert them into bigger stands. I was a bit disappointed with some of the shot selections. It was slightly more difficult under the lights," said Dhoni.

"We could have won had our shot selection been better. We lost too many wickets in the middle overs. It is a long series and will look to get back well in the next match."

Australian left-armers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner were particularly impressive, extracting plenty of pace and bounce from a Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium pitch hosting its maiden ODI.

"Our pacers are not all that fast compared to them. It was a hit the deck sort of a surface. I thought we conceded too many runs. There was some help for the bowlers, but we gave away too many runs," concluded Dhoni.

The second ODI will get underway at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Mohali, Ranchi, Cuttack, Nagpur and Bangalore will host fixtures three, four, five, six and seven respectively.

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