Fielding let us down: Clarke
Adelaide, Feb 12: Australia tasted their first defeat in the CB Series after India beat them by four wickets at Adelaide in the fourth ODI. Set a target of 270, important contributions from Gautam Gambhir (92) and MS Dhoni (44*) saw the visitors home. Aussie skipper Michael Clarke expressed his disappointment at not maintaining their unbeaten streak while emphasising the importance of bouncing back in their forthcoming match against Sri Lanka.
On MS Dhoni’s match-winning innings
Yeah, I’ve been saying all summer he’s a hell of a player. I am not surprised to see that he played that innings beautifully to earn India that win.
On the six in the last over
He has done it a number of times, hasn’t he? His statistics don’t lie: average 50, strike rate over 90—he is a very good one-day player. Full credit to him, he played really well.
On Australia’s lacklustre fielding display
We were very sloppy. I think were 10 to 20 runs short at the halfway stage of the game and then our fielding let us down, that’s for sure.
On his leg injury
It’s a lit bit sore at the moment but we’ll wait and see.
On Peter Forrest’s impressive debut showing
He made the most of his opportunity, which is great to see. He’s been a good player for a while now for Queensland and it was great to see him get an opportunity tonight.
On the tough competition in the series
The last two games have been very tight, so we’ve just got to keep working hard; we are a very good team. Every now and then, losing gives us a little kick on our backsides. It’s now [about] how we come back at Sydney in our next game.