India captain Rohit Sharma said on Thursday that his team crumbled under pressure in a high-pressure match against England in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semifinal at the Adelaide Oval. He lamented the 10-wicket loss and the lacklustre bowling effort as India failed to take a single wicket while defending 169 runs.
India had a rough start to their innings after losing KL Rahul early on. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma attempted to form a partnership, but England’s tight bowling prevented them from scoring quickly. Hardik Pandya’s 33-ball 63 guided India to 168-6, but the total proved inadequate eventually.
Although it was the batting powerplay that saw India struggle as they hit just 38 runs in comparison to England’s 63, Rohit believed that India’s cluelessness when England openers Alex Hales (86*) and Jos Buttler (80*) made a mockery of the chase was the primary reason for their loss.
“It’s pretty disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted pretty well at the back end to get to that score, but we were not good enough…