Dhoni challenges India to learn from defeat


MS Dhoni has challenged an inexperienced India side to learn the lessons from their shock Twenty20 defeat to Zimbabwe as they prepare to try to level the three-match series in Harare on Monday.

Zimbabwe put the misery of their one-day international series whitewash behind them by claiming a dramatic two-run victory in the opening T20 match on Saturday.

Elton Chigumbura top scored with a swashbuckling unbeaten 54 as Zimbabwe posted 170-6 - a bigger total than they could muster in any of the three ODIs - after being put in by Dhoni.

India only needed eight runs to win off the final over with expert finisher Dhoni at the crease, but Neville Madziva's impressive demonstration of death bowling ensured they were unable to get home

Manish Pandey made 48 for a new-look India side which included five debutants and Dhoni warned the tourists must raise their game in order to avoid an embarrassing series defeat.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said: "I feel, though we lost the game - it is disappointing - it is still a learning curve for the youngsters, provided they are learning out of it.

"You have to take it in a serious manner because whenever you will represent the country, whenever they get a chance to be part of the proper Indian team for a consistent period of time, they will feel the pressure.

"That will be the time when a game like this or a tour like this will really help them ease out that pressure.

Dhoni, who made 19 not out after failing to score the four needed to win off the last ball, added: "I felt the last ball was brilliant, but that is what my job is, so maybe I am the person to finish the job.

"But at the same time, we kept losing wickets and what happens at that stage is that you are losing wickets and you are giving one dot ball and at the same time, the set batsman is not getting strike.

"I felt the batsmen will have to take the responsibility. The reason being, a few of them, they were set, they were batting well.

"When you are chasing targets, you need to take it to the end and then look to play the shots. That was something that was lacking in this game."