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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Toss played a crucial role in victory: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

After thrashing Sri Lanka by 46 runs in the fourth one-dayer here Wednesday, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the toss played a crucial role in the win as the wicket gave enough assistance to the spinners in the second half of the match.

Dhoni felt it was the bonhomie and sense of responsibility among the players that eventually helped his side to win the crucial match here.

"It was a good toss to win, there was something in the wicket for the spinners and they got a lot of turn. Even the pacers did well," Dhoni said.

"All the member of the team backed each other and took up responsibility when it was required and this actually helped the team," he added.

The Indian skipper, however, was disappointed to have got out at a crucial moment and rued that they might have felt short by 25 runs.

"Suresh batted beautifully, we were having a good partnership but we got out at crucial moments and did not score as much as we would have wanted in the last 10 overs. I think we should have scored at least 25 runs more," said Dhoni, who shared a 143-run partnership with Suresh Raina.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene also agreed with his Indian counterpart and said the toss put the visitors on an advantageous position.

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