A day after India's first ever loss in a T20 against Pakistan, NDTV tries to figure out just where did India, who had multiple chances of winning the match, lose it.
New Delhi: Here are 5 things that cost India the first of the two-match T20 series against Pakistan in Bangalore.
Story first published on: Wednesday, 26 December 2012 18:33
1. Didn't pick Ashwin
R Ashwin has been India's best spinner in the last twelve months; add to that his recent exploits with the bat. He could have been just the man that India needed to beat Pakistan in Bangalore. But the Men in Green were not complaining.
"With Ashwin not playing, India did not have a world class spinner today. It was a surprise for us that Ashwin did not play," Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez said after the 5-wicket win.
India captain MS Dhoni, however, defended the decision. "Once we had three seamers we thought we had to give chance to Jadeja once the field opens up. Ashwin has also gone for runs, and we also had other resources with Yuvraj, Kohli and just in case we needed an off-spinner we had Rohit Sharma & Suresh Raina, but we needed an option of a left arm spinner," he said.
2. Asking Jadeja to bowl the last over
Pakistan needed 10 runs to win from the last over. It wasn't an easy task but did the skipper do the right thing by tossing the ball to his Chennai Super Kings teammate Ravindra Jadeja?
Former India captain and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar does not think so. "He is so predictable, he will go for sixes, not just runs but big sixes. It would have given to Yuvraj just because of his confidence," he said.
3. Giving Virat 2 overs
With three Pakistani batsmen back in the hut early, India was back in the game and that's when Virat Kohli was brought into bowl, not one, but two overs on the trot. The Delhi boy went for 21 runs in his 2 overs and more importantly allowed the visitors to get their foot into the door
"You don't try non-regular bowlers when wickets are falling and batsmen are under pressure. It is almost like taking the foot off the neck of the opposition," Mr Gavaskar said.
4. Needed better running between the wickets
Losing wickets to good bowling is one thing but run outs can be criminal. India lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs - of those two were run outs.
5. Hafeez-Malik partnership
What India couldn't do, Pakistan did, which was stitch together a match-wining partnership. With three wickets down, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik absorbed all the pressure. Even in the final over with the capacity crowd of 40 thousand fans supporting the home team, the visitors kept it cool and walked away with the match.