India captain Rohit Sharma blamed his side’s bowling efforts for their four-wicket loss to Australia in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday.
Hardik Pandya’s 30-ball 71 had propelled India to 208/6 in their 20 overs, following good knocks from KL Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46).
However, Cameron Green led the Australian chase which was wrapped up by an unbeaten 21-ball 45-run knock by Matthew Wade to help the visitors chase the target with four balls to spare, eventually finishing with a 211/6 scoreline.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Sharma was blunt in his response when asked what the reason was behind India’s loss and said, “I don’t think we bowled that well. Honestly, 200 is a good score to defend and at the same time we didn’t take our chances on the field as well. That’s about it.
“I think we batted brilliantly to get to that score. It was a great effort from our batters but I thought the bowlers were not quite there and that can happen. Yes, there are things we have to look at but again, it was a great game for us to understand where we went wrong and what we can do better in the next game.”
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