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Target was not easy to chase, says Dhoni

Hamilton : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Wednesday that despite Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir making it look easy, the victory in the fourth One-day International was not easy to chase because the target was revised after every rain interruption.

Sehwag (125) and Gambhir (63) shared an unbeaten 201-run opening wicket stand as India won by 84 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method against New Zealand to clinch the series 3-0. It was also India’s maiden series win on New Zealand soil. They still have one match to play.

New Zealand made 270 for five in 47 overs and India were set a rain-revised target of 281 in 47 overs, which kept changing thrice due to rain interruption.

“Chasing the target was difficult with the rain interruptions. But the way Viru (Sehwag) and Gautam batted, it looked easy. But it was never easy,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni said the moist conditions made batting tough but the Indian openers gave a spectacular start and made the chase look easy.

“The wind was very strong all through. Overall, we got a good start and capitalised on it later on,” Dhoni said.

The Indian captain said that team is not relying on individuals and performed extremely well even in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar.

“We are not relying on individuals. For instance, we were without Sachin today but still performed well. That’s the plus point that we are not relying too heavily on individuals,” he said.