Mohali, September 20: Rohit Sharma sounded a tad alarmed after Australia chased down a record 209 against India in the first T20I here at the PCA Stadium on Tuesday (September 20).
The India skipper pin pointed the reason as well — an underwhelming effort from the bowlers. This has been the dart board behind India’s back in recent times, as it had haunted India in the Asia Cup 2022.
“I don't think we bowled well. 200 is a good score to defend, and we didn't take our chances in the field. It was a great effort from our batters, but bowlers were not quite there. There are things we need to look at, but it was a great game for us to understand what went wrong. We know this is a high-scoring ground. You can't relax even if you get 200.
“We took wickets to an extent, but they played really well. They played some extra-ordinary shots. If I was in that changing room, I would expect to chase that total. You can back yourself to defend 60 runs in the final 4 overs.
“We were not able to take that extra wicket. That was the turning point, if we would have taken another wicket, things would have been different. You can't score 200 everyday, you need to bat well. Hardik batted really well to get us there. We need to look at our bowling before the next game,” said Rohit to the host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch was also hinting at that chink in India’s armour when he said in the post-match presentation that the Aussie batters were able to control the chase despite losing a cluster of wickets after the 10th over.
"It was a good contest, wasn't it? We had some really good partnerships, there were some good contests between the bat and ball. They came hard at us.
You expect the run rate to slow down if you lose wickets. The batters tried to change the momentum of the game. That's what we play for, we still try to instil all the processes leading into the World Cup,” said Finch.