Indian skipper Virat Kohli said it was a close game after team’s narrow loss of four runs against Australia in the first T20I. In fact, the Indian captain didn’t have an ideal match as he dropped a catch off Australia’s skipper Aaron Finch and could only score four runs. Meanwhile, India would have been disappointed after they could not get 18 runs off the final 11 balls.
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Thus, India was in the driver’s seat after Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant played crucial cameos to get back their side into the contest. Meanwhile, Australia had put 158 runs in 17 overs in the first innings. However, India had to chase 175 as the target was readjusted after the rain had intervened.
Australia was able to draw first blood.
On the other hand, the Indian team was sloppy in their fielding. Virat Kohli and Khaleel Ahmed fluffed chances and the ground fielding was also not great.
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Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation, “Lot of Indians came in to support us which is always the case anywhere we play. It was a close game, exciting one for the crowd to watch and for the players as well. Was a see-saw battle. Started well with the bat, fumbled in the middle overs, in the end we thought we’ll win with Pant and Karthik but it changed again with Pant’s dismissal”.
Kohli also praised Shikhar Dhawan for his fine knock of 76 runs off just 42 balls. However, the Indian captain is hopeful the team will learn from its mistakes in the coming matches.
“He’s (Dhawan) a very strong player at the top of the order. Hasn’t got a T20 hundred yet, but the way he plays it really benefits the team. That’s how it goes in the game. What we can do is learn from them (mistakes) and get back better. On the day, if we can have three-four guys to stand up for the team, that’s what we want. Don’t have much time to think of things, which can be a good thing as well as a bad thing”.
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Australia was able to tick the right boxes whereas India’s inexperienced players could deliver the goods. Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya could have been smarter in their batting, however, it wasn’t the case. The second T20I will take place on November 23.