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Australia defeated India by 4 wickets in the first match of the three-match T20I series. Despite making a huge score of 208 runs, the Indian team lost the match with four balls to spare. We have shortlisted five reasons why Team India could not win despite being in good shape. Let’s look at all the reasons one by one.
5. Three Star Batsmen Failed in High Scoring Match
The Mohali pitch was full of runs. But, here also our three star batsmen were super flops. Captain Rohit Sharma scored 11 runs in 9 balls. His strike rate was 122. Virat Kohli scored 2 runs in 7 balls. His strike rate was 28. Dinesh Karthik scored 6 runs in 5 balls. His strike rate was 120. These three batsmen faced a total of 21 balls and scored just 19 runs. In the match in which runs were scored with a run rate above 10, their combined run rate was less than 6.
4. Our fielders dropped three catches
Indian players dropped 3 catches and India could not even return to the match.
3. All bowlers flop except Axar Patel
Except Axar Patel, none of the bowlers of Team India could do anything special. Captain Rohit Sharma was seen in anger throughout the match.
India’s bowling was very poor. Rohit Sharma tried 6 bowlers but except Axar Patel, none of the other bowlers could prove economical. Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 52 runs in 4 overs at an economy of 13. Umesh Yadav conceded 27 runs in 2 overs at an economy of 13.5. Yuzvendra Chahal spent 42 runs in 3.2 overs at an economy of 12.6. Harshal Patel scored 12.25 and Hardik Pandya scored runs at an economy of 11. When 5 out of 6 balls are beaten like this, how will the team win?
2. India’s poor bowling again in the death overs
After the Asia Cup, Team India’s poor bowling in the death overs continued in the first match against Australia.
After 16 overs, Australia’s score was 154 for five. The Kangaroo team needed 55 runs off the last 24 balls. But, the Indian bowlers once again looked colorless in the death overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled three wides in the 17th over. He gave a total of 15 runs in this over. Harshal Patel, who came to the 18th over, gave away 22 runs. Bhuvneshwar again came for the 19th over. Matthew Wade hit 3 fours in this over. Total 16 runs came from the over. In the last over, Australia needed just two runs to win which they easily made.
1. Why was Bumrah included in the team when he was injured?
Jasprit Bumrah is the number-1 bowler of Team India, his absence in the team has had a great impact on the team’s bowling.
The Indian team kept Jasprit Bumrah out of the playing-11. Bumrah did not play in the Asia Cup due to injury. It was expected that he was fit only then he was included in the squad. But, taking a surprising decision, the Indian think tank decided to give them rest again. It was said that he was injured so did not become part of the team. He will play in the second and third matches.
In such a situation, the question arises that when he had to be kept out, then why was he included in the team. Bumrah is considered a good bowler in the death overs. It is possible that if they had been playing in this match, the result could have been in India’s favour.