Dhoni: Batsmen need to score 330 or more

After failing to defend a total of more than 300 for the second consecutive game, India captain MS Dhoni said the batsmen must score even more runs if they are to stand a chance in the five-match ODI series against Australia.

India scored 308 for eight in 50 overs on Friday in Brisbane but the Aussies cruised to victory with one over to spare and only three wickets down.

This follows the first ODI in Perth on Tuesday when the Asian side posted a score of 309 for three but the hosts won by five wickets in the final over.

After the match at the Gabba, Dhoni commented: “It seems like we have to score more runs to put pressure on the batsman. Back-to-back 300 is always good, but, looking at our bowlers, we need to score 330 or more.”

The Asian side’s skipper also lamented the fact that they could not build any pressure on the Australia batsmen as they gave away to many extras.

Dhoni continued: “Most of the wides weren’t because of swing. Even after the ball has got old we were bowling wides. When we were supposed to build pressure, we bowled wides. The spinners bowled reasonably well.”

The third ODI takes place in Melbourne on Sunday.

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