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Once again, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the main headliner for the loss of Indian in an ODI game. Perhaps, the over expectations on MS Dhoni has made fans to pinpoint him whenever the team loses the game. Of late, he was being accompanied by Kedar Jadhav. Meanwhile, the vice-captain Rohit Sharma defends both batsmen.
For their part, India stayed in the hunt till the final 10 overs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s third ton of the World Cup and Virat Kohli’s fifth successive fifty-plus score. But apart from those and Hardik Pandya, to an extent, the rest of the batting lineup disappointed for India, who lost by 31 runs.
India needed 104 runs in the final 10 overs. India had Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni at the crease with Kedar Jadhav to come. However, Pandya tried hard but did not manage to get the momentum going. Pandya finally fell in the 45th over.
Kedar Jadhav joined Dhoni in the middle as India needed 71 runs in last 5 overs. However, there were hardly any big shots in the final over. It seemed that there was not much attempt to go for the target. India added just 39 runs in the final 5 overs (with 12 of them coming in the final over).
The slowness of the pitch was a concern – Rohit Sharma
Speaking of the same, the vice-captain Rohit Sharma quoted that the duo has tried to give their best but the bowlers of England has delivered brilliantly in the end overs, which made the living hard at the crease.
“When Mahi and Kedar were batting, they were trying to hit (boundaries) but were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch,” Rohit Sharma, who top-scored for India with 102, said.
“Towards the end it got pretty slow. We got to give credit to the English team, they used the conditions very well. They mixed up their variations quite nicely and kept us guessing all through the game,” he added.
However, India lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Sunday. After winning 5 out of their first 6 matches (one of which was a washout), India failed to chase down 338 against England on a flat pitch at Edgbaston on Sunday.