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MS Dhoni defends turning down runs as India lose to England

MS Dhoni defended his choice to refuse two singles in the last over as England beat India by three runs in Sunday's Twenty20 international.

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After Eoin Morgan's blistering 71 had propelled England to 180-7 at Edgbaston, Dhoni faced the final over from Chris Woakes needing 17 runs to win.

The India skipper swatted the first ball over midwicket for six, before scampering a two off the next delivery to leave the tourists requiring 11 off four.

Despite having a recognised batsman in Ambati Rayudu at the other end, Dhoni turned down a run off the third ball, before carving the fourth for a boundary over mid-off.

Needing five from two, Dhoni again refused a run and then could only earn a single from the final delivery as England celebrated a narrow victory.

In the post-match presentation, Dhoni explained he felt he was better equipped to finish the game for his side, with Rayudu - three not out from five balls - having only recently come to the crease.

"In the last over, I missed at least two I could have hit over the boundary," he said.

"He [Rayudu] had just come in, and the last couple he didn't really time. It was a difficult task and one of those days when it didn't go our way.

"I thought 'I'm middling it, I have a good chance' but it didn't pay off. Overall I thought the chase was good but we probably gave away too many runs in the latter overs but we bowled well in the middle.

"[Mohammed] Shami is someone who does bowl yorkers but isn't consistent. But 180 was a score we should have got. There were quite a few excellent catches taken and that was the reason we kept them to 180.

"Overall it's a good tour for us, we came back strongly in the ODIs [after a 3-1 defeat in the Test series]."

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