Adelaide: India captain MS Dhoni was quick to blame himself for Gautam Gambhir's run-out in the Commonwealth Bank Series match against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.
In pursuit of 237, India were cruising to a comfortable win at 178 for four in the 41st over but Gambhir's run-out at that stage rattled the visitors' innings and the match ended in a tie.
What happened was that Dhoni pushed a Lasith Maliga ball towards mid-on with the intention of a single. However, after a few of steps out he realized that there was no single and waved Gambhir (91) to go back. But it was too late for the left-hander as Nuwan Kulasekara threw the stumps down at the non-striker's end.
Dhoni admitted that his mistake cost India a win.
"A wrong call cost us the game. I was wrong in calling Gautam for a single and he got run out," Dhoni said after the match.
Dhoni, who remained unbeaten on 58, also spoke on the importance of hanging in there.
"What's important is to stay there. I looked to stay till the end because while batting at the No 6 position you know there aren't too many batsmen after you," he said.
"If you have a decent partnership you can stick it out."
India needed four runs from the last ball to win the match and Dhoni got three off it. The bowler was Malinga, who Dhoni thinks is tough to score off at the death.
"Malinga is very consistent. It is very difficult to hit him with his slinging action. So we were looking to target (Angelo) Mathews (in the penultimate over).
"The last hit) was a bit difficult here, but in India that would have been two bounces and four. When you need 10 or 12 in the last over your heart rate will always be up."
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene refused to pin the blame on his bowler, who has an excellent record at the death.
"You always back Malinga to do the job for you and he almost did it for us (today)," he said.
Jayawardene said they made a lot of mistakes and that cost them full three points.
"We made so many mistakes. We dropped catches and missed run-outs. We never had this game wrapped up.
"230 was probably not enough but it was a great comeback by the boys. We are happy to get two points," he said.