Disappointed Indian players shake hands with Australia after loss in Mohali T20I© UKTN
India lost the first T20I against Australia despite having a total of 208 runs on the board and captain Rohit Sharma didn’t mince his words when asked about the loss. Rohit put the blame entirely on India’s pathetic bowling performance in the match. Experienced seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 52 runs in 4 overs, while Harshal Patel conceded 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 Aussies eventually defeated India at a gallop.
“I don’t think we bowled well. 200 is a good score to defend and we didn’t take our chances in the field. It was a great effort from our batters, but bowlers weren’t there at all. There are things we must watch,” said a disappointed Rohit during the presentation ceremony.
“We know this is a high-scoring ground. You can’t relax even if you get 200. We took wickets to an extent, but they played really well. They played some extraordinary shots. When I was in that dressing room “I would expect to totally chase that. You can pull yourself back to get 60 runs in the last 4 overs. We were unable to take their wicket,” he added.
This loss is quite similar to India’s double losses against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup Super 4 stage earlier this month.
Although India hadn’t scored more than 200 in those matches, they still managed to get a high enough score on the board and it was the poor death bowling of the pacers that cost India those two matches as well.
The spotlight is firmly on India’s bowling ahead of the remaining two matches of the series.
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