After the loss of the first T20I game against Australia, India tried to bounce back in their second game at Chinnaswamy stadium, but the visitors’ had the last laugh.
The stadium which is known for batsman’s ground, there India put up a huge total after they put into bat first. KL Rahul continued his formidable form and took the game where he left in the first match. He played some brilliant shots and helped India to cross fifty runs within the powerplay.
Then, it was Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s partnership which literally troubled the Australian bowlers. The duo played wonderfully and posted a decent competitive total of 190 on the board. While chasing, Australia lost two wickets very early to Sidharth Kaul and Vijay Shankar. Then Glenn Maxwell and Darcy Short came to their side’s rescue. Both added 73 runs and Maxwell eventually won the game for Australia with a stormy century.
Here are the three reasons which went wrong for India in the second T20I match:
1. Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s poor form
Shikhar Dhawan was brought back into the squad for the final T20I after Rohit Sharma failed to capitalize in the first T20I. However, the decision was not fruitful as the left-hander looked struggling from the beginning of the series.
Dhawan got dismissed for 14 off 24 balls; which is rather rare in T20s. His slow pace innings stopped the momentum of India’s scoring and left other batsmen in pressure.
Dhawan was not only in the league. Another left-hander, Rishabh Pant too couldn’t do well. Pant came into bat after Dhawan’s dismissal but failed to utilize the chance and fell for 1. Though the wicketkeeper-batsman has a prolific season in the longest format of the game, he has not done anything remarkable in ODIs and T20Is so far.
Maxwell played a wonderful inning there at Bengaluru. However, the result could’ve been different if Pant and Dhawan scored some more runs at a quicker pace for India.
Also Read: 2nd T20I – As it happened
2. India’s spinners fail in their plans
Over the past few years, India’s bowling strength lies on spinner duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who are able to give crucial breakthroughs. The team is dependent on their spinner duo.
However, Yadav’s absence in the series somehow weakened India’s bowling. On the other hand, Chahal is considered one of the finest spinners around the world now but he too was unable to perform well. In the first game, it was 28/1 but the second one was too disappointing as he conceded 47 runs in his four overs spell without taking any wicket.
Maxwell has a special liking on the leg-spinner and he hit Chahal in that four-over spell. His tricks didn’t work in the match. Bowling wide of off stump or hitting the ball into the pads, Australia batsmen troubled India bowlers’ a lot.
Along with him, Krunal Pandya too had a forgettable series. The left-arm spinner ended up conceding 33 runs and failed to take any wickets in his four-over spell. Not only the spinners but also Jaspreet Bumrah; who was not able to pick a single wicket. Except for Vijay Shankar; who scalped 2 wickets.
However, this incident is not regular in Indian side so they won’t be thinking too much on this and they will surely aim to bounce back in the five-match ODI series.
3. Unable to stop Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell, the hero of the first match, was simply outstanding at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday in the second T20I between India and Australia. He scored an unbeaten 113 with the strike rate of 205.45 and literally punished the Indian bowlers by hitting seven boundaries and 9 sixes all around the park.
There was hardly any delivery where he didn’t take any run. He beat the thinking of all the bowlers and none of the tricks did work while he was batting. Over the years, many have criticized his ability but the day his bat starts talking, you can only enjoy his game.
Though the question could have arrived on India’s game plan, taking the credit away from Maxwell would be wrong as it was one of his best innings in his career so far. He is blessed with the skill and technique. He has mesmerized everyone with the scintillating knock and at the same time punished the bowlers.
However, he is one of those players who has the ability to snatch the game away from their opponents single-handedly and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the match was between India vs Glenn Maxwell where the pro stumped his authority by winning the match convincingly.
Both the team will play five-match ODI series, starting from March 2 in Hyderabad and Australia will surely try to keep their momentum on while India will try to bounce back!