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India vs England T20I: I backed myself to go for it, says Dhoni

India skipper justifies his move to not rotate the strike in the final over as England win T20I by three runs

Birmingham: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his unsuccessful decision of not rotating strike in the last over against England in the Only T20 International, saying he "backed himself to go for it".

A disappointed Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) and Ambati Rayudu head to the pavilion after losing the T20 International to England by three runs in Birmingham yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
A disappointed Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) and Ambati Rayudu head to the pavilion after losing the T20 International to England by three runs in Birmingham yesterday. Pic/Getty Images 

"The last couple of deliveries Rayudu (Ambati) didn't middle so I thought I will back myself to go for it," said Dhoni after the three-run loss yesterday which ended India's two-month tour of England.

No strike for Rayudu
Dhoni twice refused to give the strike to Rayudu in the final over of the innings. Dhoni remained not out on 27 and Rayudu on three as India ended at 177 for five.

England had posted 180 for seven in 20 overs. India needed 17 runs off the final over and Dhoni admitted it was a tough task.

"In the last over, I missed at least two I could have hit over the boundary, it was a difficult task and one of those days when it didn't go our way. I thought I'm middling it, I have a good chance but it didn't pay off," he said.

Poor bowling
Talking about how the team played the one-off match, Dhoni said: "Overall I thought the chase was good but we probably gave away too many runs in the latter overs, but we bowled well in the middle.

Shami is someone who does bowl yorkers, but isn't consistent. But 180 was a score we should have got. There were quite a few excellent catches taken and that was the reason we kept them to 180."

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Virat Kohli's 66 off 41 balls yesterday was his fourth successive half-century in T20 chases for India 

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