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India vs Australia: Fans criticise Rohit Sharma's captaincy after defeat in 1st T20I in Mohali

Mohali, Sep 20: Rohit Sharma's captaincy came under heavy criticism from fans as Australia chased down a formidable 209-run target quite comfortably in the opening T20I in Mohali.

India's frailties with the ball, sloppy fielding and captain's selection of bowlers for the match were questioned as Australians reached home.

KL Rahul (55 off 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71 not out off 30) helped India post a daunting 208 for six after Australia asked the hosts to bat first. Australia were dominant in the run chase, romping home in 19.2 overs.

Last year's World Cup hero Matthew Wade (45 not out off 21) and Cameron Green (61 off 30) played special knocks to make short work of a stiff target. It was a formidable total but the way Australia started, an early finish was on the cards.

India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma says death over bowling needs to be addressedIndia vs Australia, 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma says death over bowling needs to be addressed

Opening for the first time in international cricket, Green was in a menacing mood as he hammered comeback man Umesh Yadav for four successive boundaries in his first T20 since February 2019. The seasoned Indian pacer felt the heat straightaway and resorted to bowling slower balls in his very first over, which did not work.

There wasn't heavy dew but no swing was on offer for both Umesh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The batters were able to hit through the line, making the Indian attack look very ordinary.

The standout bowler for India, Axar Patel, removed opposition skipper Aaron Finch to get a much-needed breakthrough. With five wickets in hand, Australia needed 55 off the last 24 balls. However, Australia debutant Tim David in the company of the experienced Wade went ballistic in the death overs to complete a fine run chase. Two big overs in which Bhuvneshwar leaked 15 and Harshal 22 sealed the home team's fate.

Here's how fans expressed their displeasure at Rohit Sharma's captaincy and started comparing him with his predecessor Virat Kohli:

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 0:13 [IST]
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