1st T20I: Why couldn't India push things back against Bangladesh?
NEW DELHI: Krunal Pandya The lost fall may have been the most expensive, but a couple of other crucial steps from India in the Kotla assured Bangladesh their first T20I victory over the hosts on Sunday. In any case, the defeat showed that India still has something to do with Pakistan, England and Australia.
T20 can be a game of cold calculations, skilled war room strategies and incessant data processing, but there is also the danger of thinking too much. On Sunday night, India's meticulous planning was nothing against a more dynamic Bangladesh, which played with more heart. India has adopted a horse policy for courses in an attempt to set up its best XI for the T20 World Cup next year in Australia, but as things stand, there are many horses and fewer courses. Time is running out quickly to discover which ones are the most suitable.
In absence of Jasprit Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar Kumar , the death bowling looks less lethal. And the top order may not be as set in stone as India like to think. With the decline of Dhoni & the injury-related absence of Hardik Pandya , the lower middle order still awaits the long six. TOI analyzes the mistakes that the game probably costs the game ...
Do not raise the bar
Both captain Rohit Sharma & Mushfiqur Rahim thought India had set a defendable total. So did the experts on TV. "We had decided that if we bat first, we will go for 140-150. 148 was a good score. It was a defendable score & we made mistakes on the field. The guys are a bit inexperienced. They can learn from that, & not make them the next time," said Rohit.
The captain might have thought 148 would be a "defendable score", only not with the attack at his disposal, & not without a sensible sixth bowling option. The average first-innings total at this venue in the IPL is a slightly higher 156. Do India need to recalibrate the targets?
Get the damn right DRS!
How Rishabh pants You will expect a quiet game in which you do not get into trouble! He received a rare sardonic smile from his employer after asking for DRS when Soumya Sarkar hadn't nicked the ball, & also failing to insist on one after Mushfiqur missed a Chahal slider to be trapped in front. In the end, the decision proved as crucial as Krunal Pandya 's dropped catch.
Pant, in general, had a bad day, also lost a direct shot at a crucial stage.
"The reviews were a mistake from our side. The first ball he played on the backfoot, we thought it was going down leg. The next one on the front foot, we forgot how short he is! We weren't up to the mark on the field," said Rohit, but he was understanding of Rishabh's misreading of the DRS. "Rishabh is young & he will need time to understand. Plus, (it's) the bowlers as well. It's a combination when the captain is not in the right position to make the (DRS) decision."
Think too much the right-left angle
There was a simple reason for the Khaleel misadventure. The left-arm pacer was given three of the last six overs because Rohit wanted him to take the cutters away from the right-handers. Mushfiqur Rahim & the left-handed Soumya Sarkar took the game deep, & India's captain waited & waited for two right-handers to arrive at the crease.
It turned out that the Bangladeshis also waited for the sailors. Mushfiqur would say later: Only the batter in the middle knows what is happening on the field. Not anyone on the bench, not the next hitter. I told Soumya that if one of us beats until 19, we can still chase him. 25 because they will cover the sailors.
Mushfiqur hit Khaleel by four penultimate limits to kill the match. Of course, Mushfiqur mounted his luck, with Krunal, who had a horrible day, leaving him in the past.
As it turned out, Khaleel was licking his wounds.
Lagging in the Powerplay
"They put us under pressure right from the start when we were batting," said Rohit, & he hit the nail on the head. The captain's very early dismissal ensured India scored only 35/1 in the Powerplay. Bangladesh managed 45/1, including 25 off the last two as Naim contributed a few crucial blows.
The spinners who strangled India, Aminul Islam & Afif Hossain, were not even on at that stage. Do India need an opener with a higher strike rate than Shikhar Dhawan 109.35 in 2019 (compared to a career SR of 128.67)? His attack was 97.61 in Sunday's game, clearly not a sufficient momentum at the top.
More faith in long legs, please!
In the end, it was Chahal's experience with the ball in the middle overs which took the game deep, & he could have been the match-turner at the death too if Krunal had held on to the skier from Mishfiqur at deep mid-wicket in the 18th over, which eventually yielded 13.
The leg spin option received a temporary start in the regular pattern virat Kohli 's plans to add more batting bite to the tail, just the sort of sting we saw on Sunday as Washington Sundar & Pandya gave a late thrust to the innings, scoring 14 & 16 runs respectively off the 19th & 20th overs. But on the bowling front, it was a different story as Pandya floundered.