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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 31 December 2013 - 11:46am IST

Lost the match on Day-5 morning: Dhoni

Indian skipper puts down Durban loss to losing 5 wickets in one session

As India conceded the Test series 1-0 to South Africa with a 10-wicket loss in Durban, MS Dhoni put it down to the first session of Day-five in which India lost five wickets for 86 runs.

Beginning the day with 68 for 2, India were bowled out for 223, leaving the Proteas 57 runs to chase. "The first session was crucial,” Dhoni said. “We didn't start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots.”

However, the skipper stood by his young side, hoping they will improve with more experience of overseas Tests. "Overall, only a few of the top order had played more than five Tests outside the subcontinent, great experience for them to play the toughest side.

"I'm very happy with the performance, especially of the bowlers. Without the luxury of an allrounder, they bowled to the plan that they had. They must have learnt a lot out of these two games, also that Test cricket is about all five days, you may play one bad session and that will have an impact on the game itself," said Dhoni.

Dhoni said this series will act as a learning curve in the careers of his young team mates. "I think in these 2 Tests, we've learnt a lot. I think its a big learning curve for our batsmen. With the little amount of time they had to prepare, it was a great learning experience.

Dhoni also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Jacques Kallis, who retired from Test cricket after the Kingsmead game.

"Jacques Kallis has been a fantastic cricketer, doesn't talk much. Not just the runs he scored or the wickets he took, even the catches he took. He gave South Africa the luxury of playing an extra batsman. Youngsters will look up to him," the Indian skipper said.