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    Dhoni blames flop batting, rain for loss

    Just when Australia had began their chase, rain stopped play for about 10 minutes and India skipper said that it made conditions difficult for his spinners.

    Colombo: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday blamed batting failure and untimely brief spell of rain for India's rout against Australia as the team suffered a crushing nine-wicket defeat in a Super Eight group match of the World Twenty20.

    Just when Australia had began their chase, rain stopped play for about 10 minutes and India skipper said that it made conditions difficult for his spinners.

    "We need to analyse what really happened. We got off to a good start, but lost quick wickets, and we were not in a good situation to cash in. That was the main reason for the defeat We were 20 short," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

    "Rain came just at the wrong time. Just after the wicket was rolled. The wet ball is not good for spinners. It just reminded me of the England series, where nothing worked for spinners. That was the main reason we lost. No spinner told me the ball did not slip out of my hands," Dhoni added.

    Dhoni praised Australian openers Shane Watson and David Warner for their superb batting but admitted that they squandered a good start.

    "We need to give them credit for the way they batted, but the ball was not stopping as it did in the first innings. We should have got bit more total. 70 runs after 10 overs was a good start," he said.