Even when the visitors required 55 runs off of the final 4 overs to win with 5 wickets in hand in the first T20I match against Australia, India showed no understanding of the situation. They really were, said a cynical Hardik Pandya.
In response to a reporter’s inquiry about the crucial moment of the game, India’s top batsman Hardik Pandya, who was playing in the opening game of the series against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday, gave an unexpected answer.
Hardik Pandya Confident In Making A Comeback In The Series
The journalist suggested that the 18th over of Harshal Patel, in which 22 runs were scored, may have been the reason why the match went against India, but Hardik said one shouldn’t “pinpoint.” Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 71 off 30 balls to lead India to an impressive 208/6, their highest total against Australia.
“Aap batao, mujhe nahi pata, humko pata hota toh wahi nahi rok dete na. (You tell me, I don’t know. If we knew, we would have stopped them in the field)” Hardik said when the journalist asked him about the “turning” point.
“Dekho sir, pinpoint nahi kar sakte. Unke time pe bhi ek over mein 24-25 run aye, usse kuch farak nahi padta. Bilateral series hai, aur do matches hai usmein koshish karenge kuch accha karne ki.
(See, we can’t pinpoint on any over, they also conceded more than 20 runs in an over. There are still two matches in the series, so we will make a come back),” he added when Harshal Patel’s name came up.
Hardik Pandya Gives Credit To The Visitors
With Aaron Finch (22) and Green combining for 39 runs off 21 balls in the 209-run chase, the Aussies got off to a flying start. As Green began a counterattack against Yuzvendra Chahal (1-42) and scored 19 runs off the seventh over, Axar Patel bowled Finch. During his 30-ball stint, he smacked four sixes and eight fours.
Patel dropped Green at midwicket off Pandya, giving him life at 42 not out. Steve Smith (35), who was on the opposite end, was also dumped by Lokesh Rahul at 19 not out.
For the second wicket, the pair amassed 70 points in 40 balls, giving Australia the upper hand. Green scored four sixes and eight fours, but she dropped after the drink break. After dismissing Green off Patel with a spectacular catch, Kohli turned the tide of the game.
Australia lost control in just 12 deliveries, going from 102-2 to 123-4. Smith and Glenn Maxwell (1) were both overtaken by Umesh Yadav (2-27) with the help of DRS. Josh Inglis (17), who was bowled by Patel to leave Australia at 145-5 in 14.1 overs, was his third victim.
Then, India’s best attempts were foiled by Wade and Tim David (18), who combined for 62 runs off only 30 balls. Wade hit six fours and 2 sixes as Australia won with four balls to spare.
“There was no dew, you need to give credit to them. Maybe we could’ve executed our plans better, our” deliveries could have been but they played some good shots,” Hardik said.