India skipper MS Dhoni says his side were undone by “pressure” in its semi-final clash with Australia at the SCG on Thursday.
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Dhoni top-scored for his side with an excellent knock of 65, however India were unable to repeat its heroics of 2011, falling short of Australia’s first innings total by 95 runs.
The veteran said the pressure of chasing down Australia’s imposing total of 328 got to his side, forcing his batsman into silly mistakes.
“We started okay but they bowled well. But overall, quite happy with where we were at the start of the tournament,” Dhoni is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“Shikhar’s dismissal was on the softer side because that was the time when we could have milked the Australian bowling.
“It was not really needed to play a big shot but overall there’s pressure chasing 320 runs and pressure makes you do things you don’t want to.”
Dhoni, who quit Test cricket at the beginning of the year, said he hadn’t yet decided if he would push on to the 2019 World Cup.
“I’m 33, I’m still running, still fit. Next year, T20 World Cup, will be time to decide about 2019.”
Australia faces New Zeland in the final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup on Sunday at 3.30am (GMT).