Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Dhoni rues bad decisions, but says happy with team performance

Even though South Africa won the series 1-0, India didn't exactly get steamrolled and had their moments in Johannesburg and Durban

Dhoni rues bad decisions, but says happy with team performance (© AP)

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today rued a couple of bad decisions which went against his side in India's 10-wicket loss to South Africa in the second cricket Test here to lose the series 0-1, saying they were "at the receiving end" in the match.

"The first session was crucial, we did not start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots. We were at the receiving end," he said after India lost the final Test on the fifth and final day at the Kingsmead here.

South Africa chased down a small target of 58 without losing a wicket after India were all out for 223 in their second innings in the post-lunch session today.

Two decisions seemed to have gone against India, including that of key batsman Virat Kohli's dismissal. Kohli was adjudged out by the umpire but he apparently did not make contact with Dale Steyn's delivery and the ball seemed to have brushed his shoulder on its way to the keeper. Later, Zaheer Khan's dismissal was also debatable as the television footage showed the ball could have missed the leg stump.

Dhoni, however, said that he was happy with the performance of his young team.

"I'm very happy with the performance, especially of the bowlers, without the luxury of an all-rounder. Overall, only a few of the top order had played more than five Tests outside the subcontinent, great experience for them to play the toughest side," he added.

"They (bowlers) bowled to the plan that they had. They must have learnt a lot out of these two games, also that Test cricket is about all five days, you may play one bad session and that will have an impact on the game itself."

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