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We didn't bat well: Suresh Raina
Tuesday 14 June 2011

India suffered a humiliating 103-run lose at the hands of West Indies on Monday. And Indian skipper Suresh Raina blamed the lack of application by the batsmen for their defeat.

Kieron Pollard (70 of 72 deliveries) and Lendl Simmons (67 off 78) put up solid half-centuries as the hosts posted 249-8 from their 50 overs.

In reply, India slumped to 146 all out in the 39th over, having been well in the contest at 111-4 only 12 overs earlier.

Talking to reporters in the post-match press conference, Raina said, "Full credit to the West Indies for batting well. But to be honest, we did not bat well."

He added, "Our shot selection was wrong, we had no partnerships. Rohit Sharma was there but Yusuf Pathan and I got out at that time."

"There were no partnerships. The batsmen should be there at the centre when you chasing a total around 250. On the other hand, the West Indies played well, especially in the batting powerplay."

Raina said the ploy to attack leg-spinner Anthony Martin, who emerged with figures of 4 for 36, backfired.

"We decided to take on the leg-spinner (Martin) but we kept losing wickets," said the left-hander.

He added, "We needed at least two partnerships of 50-run each but it didn't happen. We had a good start but we failed to capitalise on that."

The skipper also praised the home team for the fighting spirit they displayed despite losing the first three games of the series.

"One needs to give them credit. They played good cricket. It has been a good comeback for them," concluded Raina.

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