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Dew was a factor, says Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that the wet ground conditions here helped his side get over the line while chasing a stiff target of 299 last night.


Man of the match: Ajinkya Rahane pinches a single during his
career-best knock of 91. Pic/AFP


"Again (like in the last one-dayer at Delhi), dew was a big factor, so the ball came nicely onto the bat. The way Rahane batted along with Gautam Gambhir was crucial. I think it was a very good performance," Dhoni said.

"The upper middle order did the job for us. We lost wickets at the wrong time though, and we had to get another partnership going.

We are backing ourselves to chase whatever the opposition scores, and we have been doing that for the past few years," he said after India claimed a 3-0 series lead.

Brief Scores
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England 298-4 in 50 overs (IJL Trott 98 not out, SR Patel 70 not out, KP Pietersen 64, P Kumar 1-56, V Kohli 1-20)
* India 300-5 in 49.2 overs (AM Rahane 91, G Gambhir 58, PA Patel 38, ST Finn 2-44, TT Bresnan 2-62) 

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