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Cricket news - Onus always on the top order to score more - Dhawan

The last two new Zealand-Sri Lanka ODIs in Mount Maunganui produced more than 600 runs on both occasions. To expect after a non-starter in the opening game of the five-match series, new Zealand and India, to help to produce a high-scoring affair, with the track likely to be the hitter in the second game.

With the track expected to play to true, the pressure is more likely to give in to the batsman, the bowlers, the much-needed cushion for more runs. Shikhar Dhawan, was the second-fastest 5000 ODI runs in the last encounter, but stresses the team is not thinking, a great score and rate the target only when the game starts. "We have seen the story about the floor - what is the average score. But at the same time, we make it a point of the pitch, as well. As soon as we can get a good sense, and you may think of a goal that we can set," he said on Friday (25. January). "Sometimes, even if the pitch plays well, it's not enough. As in the first game, the surface was good to bat on, but since the start we have and the pressure we built up in new Zealand, is the reason why we restrict the total could be low.

"This milestone is part of the journey. It also shows I have a good cut. I'm happy to achieve it and offers a a result, more runs for my team and do well, consistently," Dhawan about his milestone.

India's top-three, wore batting workload for a long time and have not taken care of, it's a lot of pressure on the middle, more often than not. In the opening ODI as well, when Rohit Sharma was dismissed, Virat Kohli and Dhawan departed the team to the target with a substantial rack. Dhawan felt their ability to rotate strike easily, what turns you on. "We play for a long time. We rotate the strike very well, that is one thing that can withstand the pressure. If you previously, the border, the other strengthens. When the boundaries come in, the pressure is off, the other batsman as well," Dhawan noted.

"We always plan that our top-order to be achieved and remains longer on the field. But it also depends on the goal, from game to game, score, and a little on the mood. If the target of 300 or more, we can't play slow. If we chase more than 300, then in the first 10 overs as an opener, we have achieved to put up scores quickly and to create momentum. We always have to adapt."

To open with both Dhawan and Rohit set for India in the world Cup, apart from injuries, India to end the tournament with an explosive top three. While his place is secure in the side, Dhawan said, healthy competition, keeps you on your toes. "This (competition) is always there," he said. "Even if the young people come, they really have a good performance. Everyone has to be on their toes. We take the case of Prithvi Shaw, the way he came into the team and scored a century and then 70 runs. It shows that our reserve Bank is very good."

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