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Laid back Twenty20 attitude costs India dearly

Aaron Moores | cricket20

India captain Mahender Singh Dhoni offered some insight into his teams 29 run defeat against Sri Lanka last night suggesting his player were using the game as a warm up to the one day series that starts next week.

"I don't think we were in the groove for a Twenty20 game and too often we treat it as a warm-up for the one-dayers to follow," Dhoni told the media. "It's probably the reason for our defeats in these games."

Dhoni also acknowledge India contributed to their down fall by dropping five catches and fumbling a number balls in the outfield handing Sri Lanka numerous life lines which they were happy to take.

"We are not one of the best fielding sides in the world but we are also not known to drop too many catches. Of course, the dropped catches had hurt us in the match," he said.

Despite suffering a middle order collapse Dhoni was happy with the way Yuvraj Singh and himself played suggesting risks have to be taken when you are chasing a total of 216

"In Twenty20 you had to take some risks especially when the target was high. Sehwag and Gambhir had given us a good start. But I and Yuvraj also were out at wrong time while taking some risks," he said.

"Otherwise 200 plus target is always difficult to chase in Twenty20 matches.'' Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said this win would boost the morale of his team before the one-day series."

"Of course, we will start from the scratch in the one-day series but a win always makes you happy, we would want to carry on the momentum in the next Twenty20 match (at Mohali)," he said.

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