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Raina blames bowlers' inexperience for Zimbabwe defeat

May 29, 2010 09:31 IST

His captaincy debut soured by the embarrassing loss to Zimbabwe, skipper Suresh Raina blamed his inexperienced bowlers for the debacle in Friday's tri-series opener.

"Unfortunately, we didn't bowl well today. Some of the bowlers were playing for the first time. Hopefully, they can learn from our mistakes and move one from here," Raina said India lost by six wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Three Indian pacers -- Ashok Dinda, R Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav -- made their ODI debut but none of them impressed.

All proved expensive, and it took them 13 overs to draw first blood, allowing Zimbabwe a rollicking start that set the tone for their successful chase.

In contrast, Raina said, the slow bowlers did a better job.

"In the first six overs, we didn't bowl well. (Amit) Mishra and (Ravindra) Jadeja then bowled well and we made a comeback. But they had a powerplay left and a couple of their players played well, which cost us the game," he explained.

"We need to work on our bowling and fielding department to come back against Sri Lanka," he added.

Leading a weakened side in absence of senior players, Raina praised Zimbabwe for the way they chased down the target.

"They battled really well. They hung around and had good partnerships," he said.

His Zimbabwe counterpart Elton Chigumbura was beaming after the match and heaped praise on debutant Chris Ervine, who scored an unbeaten 67, and Man of the Match Brendon Taylor.

"There was a good partnership between BT (Taylor) and Hamilton (Masakadza) which gave us a good start and the foundation for a win. All credit goes to BT for his knock.

"Credit goes to Ervine as well and he has to make sure that he gets consistent. He played very well today," Chigumbura said.

Taylor, who slammed a 103-ball 81, took three catches and effected a stunning run out, said while batting, the idea was to keep wickets in hand.

"I am very happy. It (man of the match) doesn't come often. We basically wanted to bat through and try not to lose too many wickets. We just wanted to knock it around in the middle overs," Taylor said.

"We knew Elton, (Andy) Blignaut and (Charles) Coventry were yet to come in and we had the firepower," he added.
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