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Alastair Cook: Winning toss at Mohali was important against India

Alastair Cook: Winning toss at Mohali was important against India

Alastair Cook said that the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina was key to India’s win © Getty Images

Mohali: Jan 24, 2013
 
England skipper Alastair Cook felt that losing the toss at Mohali had made the difference on Wednesday’s fourth ODI match against India. England go to Dharamasala to play the fifth and final ODI match, looking to play for pride after losing the series to India, when the host sealed series by winning the fourth ODI at Mohali.
 
“I think we had the tough end of the conditions. I think it was an important toss to win. I think the way we combated the conditions, especially with the bat, to get to 257 was a good effort. They were always ahead of the required run-rate and we needed couple of early wickets. That partnership between Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina (was key), just when they needed over six runs per over; they scored quickly and we couldn’t keep them from scoring,” Cook was quoted as saying by bcci.tv
 
“It is obviously disappointing that we are 1-3 down, but it is another game of cricket for England and we have got a chance to go and win another game. But we have got some places up for grabs in the team. We have got a big tournament – the ICC trophy coming up and there are places up for grabs.”
 
He praised young Joe Root for his unbeaten 57.
 
“He has done really well. It was a really good innings. He played shots that I hadn’t seen him play before. It shows what a good head he has got on his shoulders and his clear thinking under pressure; and you need that when you are playing international cricket.”
 
Cook said India is a hard side to beat at home. He also said that there are some good bits to take away from the Mohali match for the visitors.
 
“I thought they played quite well. Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit. They are a hard side to beat at home in one-day cricket and that has been proven.  With the way we batted, we held our nerve, which we had not done in the last two games. You know how hard it is to defend at the end. But the way we kept our wickets at the end and kept our patience was good; (and) to have the skill and execute those big shots and get a hundred off the last 10 overs (was good). We can take really good stuff out of this match. The last two games we couldn’t really do that.”

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