Bowlers did a great job, says Dhawan

Bowlers did a great job, says Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan credited the bowlers for setting up the game for India who chased down New Zealand’s modest total with four overs left in the chase. India replied with 232/4 in 46 overs to level the three-match series.

“Absolutely, 230 is not too much in these times,” said Dhawan when asked if the match was over the moment New Zealand’s innings imploded to 230/9. “The bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed them up well. The bowlers had done half the job actually for us. The pressure of chasing 230 is naturally always less compared to chasing 300,” said Dhawan who was India’s top-scorer with 68 here on Wednesday.

Dhawan felt Indian bowlers bowled better than their Kiwi counterparts as did the batsmen. “There was no seam movement when India bowled, that’s what I think. They bowled very tight lines and did the job for us. I guess we (batsmen) played their pacers better than they (played our pacers).”

Dhawan also showered praise on Dinesh Karthik whose calm unbeaten 64, with India in some sort of trouble in the immediacy of the former’s dismissal, guided the hosts home.

“About Dinesh I will say that he has worked hard and scored so many runs in domestic (cricket) and he is being rewarded for that with a place in the team again. The way he played the knock today and in the last game when the team was in trouble, his 30-35 runs, were beneficial.”

Dhawan agreed that he was a bit surprised by New Zealand’s decision to bat first. “I was a bit surprised with their decision to bat first because there could be dew in the evening usually during this time. But it wasn’t a bad track to bat on even in the first innings,” he reasoned.

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