Dhoni gives thumbs up to cricket in United States, wants more matches

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

Cape Town - The decision to abandon the second T20 between the West Indies and India in Florida was met with contrasting opinions from the skippers, with Carlos Brathwaite saying the ground was unsafe, while MS Dhoni saying that it was fine.

The prospects of an outcome to the game were significantly reduced when the rains came for about 20 minutes from around 12.40 PM Eastern Caribbean time with India seemingly enroute to victory after containing the West Indians.

Ind vs WI: India's Lokesh Rahul, left, and India's MS Dhoni, right, watch as the the West Indies celebrate after defeating India by one run during the first Twenty20 global cricket match, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Lauderhill, Fla.

"Runs on the board are always runs on the board and the spirit and attitude that the guys had when the game was actually called off was that India got a bit lucky with the rain", said Brathwaite when asked by a reporter if West Indies got lucky because of the rain. It seemed we were more settled in T20 and ODI but now our team had a good batting experience. It will also give us time to spend more time in the U.S., we played back to back games.

"Yes it will be a bit cramped (in terms of schedule) for global cricketers but I don't think the modern cricketers mind it". This is one place where spectators will come. It's a win-win situation for everyone. "Most definitely we would love to come back here again", he said.

Mohammed Shami (2-31), R Ashwin (2-11) and Jasprit Bumrah ( 2-26) picked up two wickets each and deprived West Indies from building any significant partnerships.

Coming back to the short T20 series, Dhoni said while the pitch remained same where the bowlers were belted for 245 in the first game, it was the addition of an extra spinner in Amit Mishra, which paid off as the World T20 champions were bowled out for less than 150.

Bhuvneshwar then removed Andre Russell (13), with the batsman's hoick at a low full toss ending up in the hands of Virat Kohli at long off.

He found the boundary five times and cleared the ropes twice but perished as Mishra's first victim, with the tide turning in favour of the Indians. India needed just two runs off the last delivery and with captain Dhoni on strike many would have hoped them to win.

India had lost the first Twenty20 by just one run in a nail-biting finish.

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