<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="MS Dhoni rues lack of application by Indian batsmen" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121212163550.jpg" title="MS Dhoni rues lack of application by Indian batsmen" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> MS Dhoni said loss of wickets at regular intervals hurt the team badly © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Bangalore: Dec 26, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Indian skipper <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a> feels the failure of middle-order batsmen to <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="capitalise:0" grmarkguid="5fa9f56d-0ef0-4459-a3a5-4e94cbc9f39f" gruiphraseguid="b6d7cc82-f2db-49af-929a-0c57277a8bbc">capitalise</span> on the good start provided by openers led to the five-wicket loss against <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>in the first Twenty20 encounter.<br /> <br /> Dhoni said loss of wickets at regular intervals, after being in a strong position at 75 without loss in 10 overs, hurt the team badly.<br /> <br /> "The batsmen got out trying to play big shots. We could have easily scored 200 if we had applied ourselves," Dhoni complained.<br /> <br /> On the umpire not giving a decision in India's <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="favour:0" grmarkguid="b1881983-98aa-4835-b79f-4fcd28203345" gruiphraseguid="630de384-c43e-457c-b9d3-87802d879bdc">favour</span> when<a href="/tags/Ishant-Sharma/post" target="_blank"> Ishant Sharma </a>had got <a href="/tags/Shoaib-Malik/post" target="_blank">Shoaib Malik</a> (57 not out) caught off a ball which climbed a tad above shoulder level, Dhoni said, "It was a fair decision but I am not sure if you are allowed to refer it (to the third umpire) or not."<br /> <br /> Asked about <a href="/tags/Ravichandran-Ashwin/post" target="_blank">Ravichandran Ashwin</a>'s omission from the playing eleven, Dhoni said, "Since we had three <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="seamers:0" grmarkguid="d6b97aff-c170-44c5-a85c-93e7cc0ffdbc" gruiphraseguid="19be4fb3-a4fa-4793-af38-34abca859c7f">seamers</span> we wanted to give Jadeja <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="a go:1" grmarkguid="bd34ce2a-fc0f-4a5d-b4b6-d60e0b183a1d" gruiphraseguid="19be4fb3-a4fa-4793-af38-34abca859c7f">a go</span>. At the same time we had other resources as well."<br /> <br /> Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez said the team played according to a plan and targeted India's part-time spinners -- <a href="/tags/Yuvraj-Singh/post" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh </a>and <a href="/tags/Ravindra-Jadeja/post" target="_blank">Ravindra Jadeja</a> -- who are not world-class bowlers.<br /> <br /> "I know they are in good form, but they are not world-class spinners. And hence we planned to dominate them after seeing off pacers early on," Hafeez said.<br /> <br /> Hafeez said after Pakistan lost three early wickets and were struggling at 12 for three in three overs, he and <a href="/tags/Shoaib-Malik/post" target="_blank">Shoaib Malik</a> decided to play off <a href="/tags/Bhuvneshwar-Kumar/post" target="_blank">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a> and other Indian pacers.<br /> <br /> "Malik showed great character and we built a partnership," he said.<br /> <br /> Hafeez had words of praise for <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="debutant:0" grmarkguid="8aad46d9-722b-4c56-8816-492c040211c4" gruiphraseguid="d08997f8-916b-4955-85ea-5ba05c6d8189">debutant</span> Bhuvneshwar, who had figures of three for nine in four overs.<br /> <br /> "He bowled very well. He was swinging the ball nicely," he said.<br /> <br /> Hafeez said his players showed a lot of character on the field, especially bowlers who restricted India beyond his expectations.<br /> <br /> "<a href="/tags/Mohammad-Irfan/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Irfan</a> was our surprise package. I think he started off like one. Along with him, Sohail Tanvir also bowled well in right areas. Umar Gul also came off good in middle overs," he said.