Dhoni backs bowlers despite crushing defeat

Mirpur: India plunged to a humiliating five-wicket defeat against Bangladesh after setting them a challenging 290-run target but India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reposed faith in his bowlers, saying they will learn from mistakes and start performing under pressure. Bangladesh pulled off a stunning win thanks to a fantastic team effort as the top and middle batting order batted with never-say-die attitude.

Dhoni said a better team won the match in the end. "They played better cricket throughout. They began well and capitalised on that. They made sure they spent time on the crease. At the start of the Powerplay our bowlers felt the pressure and crumbled. A a bit more runs on the board would have been better," Dhoni said after the match.

Asked if his side lacked bowling talent, Dhoni said," Talent is there. They just need to execute plans with consistency. The youngsters will learn more. They will start performing. They felt the pressure today." Dhoni was full of praise for the hosts.

"Bangladesh can play really well on their day, they used the conditions well, their reverse swing bowling was good. And they got the partnerships going." Reacting to Sachin Tendulkar`s historic 100th international century, Dhoni said," This is something most of us cannot even think of. It is a tremendous achievement. We cannot forget this."