Glenn Maxwell continued his stellar form as Australia beat Indian National Cricket team in the second and final T20I by seven wickets at Bengaluru to seal the two-match series.
KL Rahul provided India with a scintillating start while Shikhar Dhawan played the watching game. He slammed back-to-back sixes again to round off the powerplay. India made only 24 runs in the first four overs but added 29 in the next two to finish with 53 runs in the first six overs as Rahul also hot hit off the final ball of the powerplay. However, three back to back wickets in the middle overs helped Australia to peg back in the game.
Meanwhile, in reply, Australi stumbled losing two wickets within 22 runs in the first four overs. But since then, Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short steadied the ship trying to stitch a partnership. They added 73 runs for the third wicket before Short (40) departed giving Vijay Shankar his second wicket. Although Short departed, Maxwell continued his onslaught to bring his century to seal the series in Australia’s favour.
Here are the three reasons why the Indian National Cricket Team lost the T20I series against Australia:
Lack of experience in the bowling front
The Indian National Cricket team have lacked experience in the bowling effort as they have lost both the games in the last few overs. Moreover, with Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal as the two experienced customer, Virat Kohli wanted his young options to stand up. But the likes of Siddarth Kaul and Vijay Shankar have failed to create an impact in the two games so far.
On the spinning front as well, Yuzvendra Chahal had significant experience behind his back. While Krunal Pandya has played a handful of games, Mayank Markande made his debut in the first T20I. However, the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav will strengthen their forces in the bowling department.
Lack of good opening stand
Indian National Cricket team failed in the opening game as they failed to put a good opening stand which hurt the team’s cause badly. In the first game at Visakhapatnam, the opening pair added 14 runs before Rohit Sharma departed off Jason Behrendorff. This, in turn, put pressure on the middle order as the men in blues could manage only 161 runs in the first game.
Furthermore, in the second game, although the pair added 61 runs but Shikhar Dhawan looked completely out of socks. He managed to score only 14 runs from 24 balls including only one boundary. However, KL Rahul looked good in both the games backing a half-century with another well made 47 in the second game.
The men in blues, meanwhile, have not played their regular opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. But they will want good starts in the upcoming games, no matter, who is opening the batting.
Absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the death overs
The selectors decided to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar considering the ICC World Cup is looming large. However, the decision went against the Indian National Cricket team as they lacked a death over specialist. Kumar has been pivotal for India in the limited-overs cricket forging a recognised bowling pair alongside Jasprit Bumrah.
India tried Umesh Yadav- who recently guided Vidarbha to their consecutive Ranji Trophy titles and Siddarth Kaul in the absence of Kumar. However, both of them failed to rise up to the occasion as they lost the two matches of the series in the death overs.
Kaul gave away 45 runs in 3.4 overs as Australia chased down a target of 191 runs banking on a match-winning century from Glenn Maxwell. In the previous game, Umesh Yadav failed to defend 14 runs in the first encounter as the men in blues went down by three wickets at Visakhapatnam.