3 mistakes India made during their disappointing loss to Australia in the 1st T20I

Despite a concerted batting effort and a three-wicket move from Axar Patel, Team India conceded their first T20I against Australia by four wickets at Mohali on Tuesday 20 September.

KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya slammed half a century on either side of Suryakumar Yadav’s middle-over blitz when India landed a challenging 208 on the board. But the bowlers failed to deliver batting dream country in Mohali as Australia reduced the total in the final due to key contributions from Cameron Green and Matthew Wade.

The Men in Blue don’t have much time to iron out weak points in their armor as the T20 World Cup looms on the horizon. Here are three mistakes India made against Australia in the first T20I.

#3 Rohit Sharma’s bowler rotation could have been better

India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1
India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1

It’s hard to point too many fingers at the captain who did his best in conditions that were extremely difficult for his bowlers. He successfully used two spin overs on the power play and was proactive overall. But Rohit Sharma could have handled a few key moments in the game better.

After Rohit brought Umesh Yadav back for his second over, the pacer overcame an expensive start by picking up wickets from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession. But he was immediately pulled off the tackle to not be seen in the innings.

At the death, Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar each bowled two overs 16-19. The decision to pitch them at the trot made things a little too predictable for the Australian batters, who lined up for Cutter from the former and Yorker from the latter.

Rohit did well to give Umesh his crucial second over and made good use of Axar as well. But had he been a little more creative with his bowling changes, India would have had a better chance of defending their total.

#2 India’s death bowling plans went haywire

India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1
India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1

Speaking of Death Bowling plans, Harshal and Bhuvneshwar got it all wrong against Australia. And surprisingly, it wasn’t just the execution that went wrong, but the planning as well.

Harshal attempted to slam the ball into the wicket, targeting the batters’ waists with off-pace deliveries throughout its duration. That removed any deception from his bowling as the Aussies knew what to expect and they heaved him over the leg-side limit with alarming ease. Unlike Nathan Ellis, who shuffled his lengths well in the first innings, Harshal was overly predictable.

At the other end, Bhuvneshwar tried to send Yorker onto the pads. But after a few well-timed boundaries from Matthew Wade, he abandoned those plans and slammed a few balls down the field. Needless to say, Wade was happy to send them for boundaries in his favorite hitting zones.

Harshal’s missed Yorkers and Bhuvneshwar’s wides can be forgiven, but planning was the real culprit in the first T20I. The return of Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t have come sooner for India.

#1 India handed several lives to Australia’s batters

India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1
India vs Australia – T20 International Series: Game 1

Cameron Green, opening batting for the first time in professional cricket, made his intentions very clear in the second over of the Australian innings. He pumped Umesh Yadav for four fours, one of which burst through the pacer’s hands en route to the long-off boundary. The difficult chance on the grass ushered in an enchanting innings for the visitors.

In Yuzvendra Chahal’s very first over, Green played and missed a sweep, with neither Indian making a serious appeal. Replays showed the ball crashing into the leg stump. Axar Patel later fired a direct shot at a deep midwicket with the green on 42. The batsman responded by immediately finding a four.

In the next over, Steve Smith was the man granted a pardon when KL Rahul made a lazy attempt to score a long-off. The result? Green pumped Axar off the next ball over the midwicket boundary for a huge six, and Smith hit a four and a six before being dismissed.

India has bestowed multiple lives on Australia’s batters, something they cannot afford to take on against a high-profile opposition.

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