‘Manag­ing chaos’ key to nail­bit­ing win: Dhoni

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Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni said In­dia's nail­bit­ing one-run win over Bangladesh to keep their World T20 dream alive was all about hold­ing their nerve and be­ing able to "man­age chaos".

In­dia sur­vived a roller­coaster match in Ban­ga­lore on Wed­nes­day night that saw Bangladesh come tan­ta­lis­ingly close to chas­ing down In­dia's to­tal of 146 for seven, only to lose three wick­ets in the last three balls.

In­dia fi­nally scraped home when wick­et­keep­ing skip­per Dhoni ran out Mustafizur Rah­man off the last ball of the match, af­ter ear­lier tak­ing two crit­i­cal stump­ings.

With two wins and one losses, the vic­tory gives In­dia much-needed mo­men­tum as they gun for a place in the semi-fi­nals, with only Aus­tralia left to play in the group stages.

Dhoni paid credit to his side for keep­ing cool and re­cov­er­ing from mis­takes in the pres­sure-cooker at­mos­phere of a packed Chin­naswamy Sta­dium af­ter show­ing sim­i­lar re­solve on Satur­day in a win over Pak­istan.

Dhoni, known as "Cap­tain Cool" and the brains be­hind In­dia's on­field strat­egy, said it was im­por­tant to lis­ten to all voices in those sit­u­a­tions, and then come to your own con­clu­sions quickly.

"In a situation like this, it's lit­er­ally chaos. What you are try­ing to do is you're try­ing to man­age chaos," Dhoni said af­ter the match.

"Ev­ery­body will come and he'll have his own opinion. Of­ten the opinion of a bats­man is very dif­fer­ent to the opinion of a bowler. "If I am con­vinced that this is some­thing I want to do, I will go ahead with it but def­i­nitely hav­ing an open mind at that point of time re­ally helps be­cause at times in sit­u­a­tions like these un­der pres­sure, that's where the in­put of oth­ers comes in. "But you have to as­sess ev­ery­thing and it has to hap­pen in a very short span of time."

Dhoni sin­gled out his younger charges in­clud­ing 22-year-old pace­man Jasprit Bum­rah for over­com­ing some shaky field­ing, in­clud­ing a miss-field turned bound­ary and a dropped chance off Bangladesh star bats­man Tamim Iqbal, to pro­duce some solid bowl­ing.

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