Crew India had an evening to overlook on Tuesday once they suffered a four-wicket loss to Australia within the first T20I of the three-match sequence in Mohali. Regardless of placing up an enormous goal of 209, the Rohit Sharma-led facet fully failed with the ball because the pacers, together with Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, and Hardik Pandya, conceded 150 runs in 12 overs. Amongst all of the pacers, Harshal, who was making a comeback within the workforce after being dominated out as a consequence of an harm, totally upset the followers as he gave away 49 runs in his spell.
Nevertheless, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar doubts if the bowler could be efficient on the flat and bouncy pitches of Australia within the T20 World Cup that takes place in October-November.
“Harshal is somebody we have seen for a lot of years. We have seen him within the IPL as effectively. He is a man who rebels when the pitch is dry when his slower ball turns into actually sluggish and turns into very troublesome to play,” Manjrekar informed Sports18.
“Final time his slower balls had been going at round 120kmph. So, it isn’t an enormous drop in tempo. So, Harshal is a fear if the pitch is flat, bouncy and pacy. That is what you will get in Australia. In order that’s one other factor that India will likely be conscious of, the abilities of Harshal in Australia,” Manjrekar added.
Earlier this yr, Harshal was thrashed on Eire’s flat pitch, the place he leaked 54 runs in his 4-over spell. Regardless of all these components, the workforce administration has named Harshal within the T20 World Cup squad, that will likely be flying to Australia in October.
Coming to the primary T20I, it was Hardik’s second T20I half-century helped India submit 208/6 batting first. Earlier, KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) had laid the platform for India.
Nevertheless, it was not sufficient as Australia chased down the goal with 4 deliveries to spare.
Axar Patel shone with the ball, taking three wickets for simply 17 runs off his 4 overs, however the remainder of the Indian bowlers had been taken to the cleaners by the Australian batters.
Each the groups will likely be squaring off for the second T20I match on Friday in Nagpur.
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