The loss will especially rankle considering at one point India needed just 185 runs to win with eight wickets in hand. Dhoni believed that losing the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma off the second new ball was a decisive factor in the loss.

Mixed emotions

“I have mixed emotions about this Test. Close to the 85th over, we lost a few wickets and we had a tough decision (Rahane) at the same time, which meant we were short of 30-35 runs and that was the crucial phase," Dhoni said.

“The second new ball would have moved for maybe five or six overs maximum. That was the period when if we would have not given our wickets away, we would have got those 40 runs. Also, we had a bad umpiring decision at the same time. So there were quite a few things that did not go our way,” Dhoni told reporters.

The skipper added that his side had displayed on of its best bowling performance in the second innings.

“In the first innings, we didn’t bowl well. The second innings was one of the best bowling performances we have had in the last two-three years especially on a wicket where there was not much assistance," he said.

“In the second innings, the bowlers really brought us back into the game, and gave us something where we could have said, ‘Yes, this is a big target, but we can look to chase it down,” he added.


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