The two-time World Cup winning West Indies captain Sir Clive Llyod has expressed surprise over Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first in the final of ICC Champions Trophy, where India lost the contest to Pakistan by a big margin of 180 runs,
“Look, I am not being smart after the event, but here, the conditions suited the batsmen and the Indian side has quality batsmen,” said Lloyd.
Keeping in mind the result of the game against Sri Lanka, where they chased down a total of 322, Kohli opted to bowl first, asking Pakistan batsmen to come up first so as India can chase down the total, where chasing has been forte for many teams.
India could have got a dream start when Fakhar Zaman edged one delivery of Bumrah to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni but Bumrah had overstepped the line and batsman was given a reprieve.
Zaman made most out of the second opportunity given to him and smashed a match-winning century, to help Pakistan build up a total of 338. Mohamad Hafeez too had a great role as his innings of 57* in the later overs helped score to go up.
Chasing the total was never an easy task when the opposition team has bowlers like Mohammad Amir. The pressure was right up on the Indian batsmen and it was seen when Rohit Sharma was out in the very first over, followed by wicket off Virat Kohli, who failed to cash upon the second opportunity provided to him and could not even sustain even one delivery after he was dropped.
India lost the game and a howler in captaincy has now been deemed as the reason for India losing the game as the pitch was a flatter one and had India too posted a total of 300 + batting first, then the pressure was right on Pakistan but this was not the case.