The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

India to experiment with different field settings


COLOMBO (Reuters) - India will experiment with different field settings to compensate for their bowling deficiencies at the Twenty20 World Cup, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday a day ahead of his team's opening game against Afghanistan.

The 2007 champions failed to defend a formidable 185-run target against Pakistan in a warmup game on Monday with their key bowlers Irfan Pathan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan, and Harbhajan Singh going for more than 10 runs an over.

India lost the match by five wickets two days after they defeated Sri Lanka by 26 runs with the bowlers led by Pathan doing an excellent job to bowl out the hosts for 120 runs.

"Bowling has always been a bit of a concern. If you compare our batting to our bowling, we find the bowling slightly weaker than the batting," Dhoni told reporters.