Disappointed Indian players shake hands with Australians after defeat at Mohali T20I©AFP
India lost the first T20I to Australia despite a whopping 208 points on the board and captain Rohit Sharma didn’t mince words when asked about the defeat. Rohit blamed India’s pitiful bowling performance squarely in the game. Experienced seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 52 runs in 4 overs, while Harshal Patel was caught for 49 runs in his full quota. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was hit for 42 in 3.2 overs and despite a heroic 3/17 spell from Axar Patel, the Australians finally beat India at a canter.
“I don’t think we played well. 200 is a good score to defend, and we didn’t take our chances on the field. It was a big effort from our hitters, but the bowlers didn’t weren’t there. There are things we have to look at,” a disappointed Rohit said at the presentation ceremony.
“We know it’s a high-scoring ground. You can’t relax even if you get 200. We took wickets to some extent but they played really well. They played some amazing shots. If I was in that locker room, I would expect to run after that total. You can back yourself to get 60 runs in the last 4 overs. We couldn’t take their wicket,” he added.
This loss is quite similar to India’s twin losses to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup Super 4 leg earlier this month.
Although India did not score more than 200 points in these games, they still managed to get a big enough score on the board and it was the poor bowling of the point guards’ death that also cost India. India these two matches.
The spotlight is firmly on Indian bowling ahead of the final two games of the series.
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