Dhoni confident of India response

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Dwayne Bravo

Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on as Dwayne Bravo powers West Indies to a surprise seven-wicket victory at The Oval

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is backing his side to bounce back strongly from the defeat against West Indies which has left the ICC World Twenty20 holders facing a surprise exit.

The seven-wicket loss at The Oval leaves India's star-studded line-up needing victory in their two remaining matches against England and South Africa to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the last four and retaining their crown.

But Dhoni believes his team will thrive under the pressure of having to perform after Dwayne Bravo's unbeaten 66 off 49 balls helped West Indies complete their victory with eight balls remaining.

"The pressure will bring the best out of us," promised Dhoni, whose side won the inaugural tournament two years ago after having their opening match washed out.

"We'll be under pressure to perform in the next game (against England) but that was the story in the last World Cup.

"After the first game, every other game was a do-or-die situation for us and we played some of the toughest teams and got through to the finals to win the cup, so it's not like we can't do it again.

Chris Gayle

West Indies skipper Chris Gayle was understandably delighted with his side's vibrant all-round performance

"You have to be at your best because some of the teams are playing really good cricket, so you don't really want to take chances."

India recovered from losing three wickets in the first four overs to post a reasonable total of 153 for seven thanks largely to a brilliant 67 off 43 balls from Yuvraj Singh.

But despite West Indies captain Chris Gayle falling cheaply, Bravo guided his side home and they could all but seal a place in the semi-finals if they triumph over South Africa at The Oval tomorrow.

"We'll just consider it an off day for us but in this format we have seen some of the best sides losing, so we're not worried too much about it," added Dhoni.

"Even though we didn't bat well, we still had the firepower to make a game out of it and it ran until the second last over. Hopefully when we turn up for the next game we won't make too many errors."

Gayle was delighted two of West Indies younger players in Bravo and Lendl Simmons, who hit a useful 44 off 37 balls, had helped to secure their shock victory.

"I'm really glad to see two younger players stepping up - it's really good for the team," said Gayle. "It's up to us to build on this and put our best foot forward in the next game.

"India are a quality team - they bat down to the last player - but we got a tremendous start from Fidel Edwards and picking up wickets at the top of the order made it difficult for them to get off to a flier."

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