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Meanwhile, in a rain-marred encounter, India finished four runs short while chasing 174 runs in 17 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was the lone warrior while other top-order batsmen failed to contribute. Dinesh Karthik tried his best with a 13-ball 30 at the end but was not enough to go over the rope.
Despite the loss, India did a good job with the ball except for youngsters Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya. They got some good beating; however, this will be the learning curve for them. Thus, Sourav Ganguly believes India can bounce back and finish the series 2-1 with two back to back wins.
“India played good cricket. It was the first match of the series and you also have to consider the fact that they didn’t even play a practice match. Shikhar Dhawan batted really well. But when you chase such a big target, there’s always pressure on your batsmen.
The series is wide open and India have a chance to make it 2-1. I am happy with India’s performance,” Ganguly said to IndiaTV.
The former cricketer seemed pleased with Shikhar Dhawan’s knock and even rated it as one his best T20I knocks. Furthermore, Sourav Ganguly longed that the dashing opener continues with his form.
“It was probably one of Dhawan’s best T20I knocks. The way he was hitting the ball, he seemed to be in a different zone. I hope he continues to play well in the next matches as I feel India have a chance to come back in the series,” Ganguly said.
Sourav Ganguly laments Rishabh Pant for poor shot selection
The current administrator, Ganguly; however, singled out Rishabh Pant for his poor shot selection. He believes Pant could have stayed with Dinesh Karthik and helped India win.
“Rishabh Pant could’ve won the match for India with Dinesh Karthik. The way he was batting with Karthik and took the match close for India, the shot didn’t have any value,” Ganguly concluded.