New Delhi: Shrewd captaincy and availing opportunities at the crucial juncture are key points for winning the close match. Team India failed to capitalise on the situation in yesterday’s first T-20I against South Africa at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi.
The Men in Blue, despite scoring 211 runs on the board after batting first and ending the match on the losing side, have disappointed the team’s morale and the crowd as well.
Rishabh Pant, the young skipper, was seen missing the leadership trick. Although he did this job in the IPL for the Delhi Capitals. He could not handle his resources admirably at the right time. Giving spinner Chahal only 2.1 overs was a surprising decision because he is a wicket-taking bowler. India suffered the most due to some poor decisions taken by Pant on the ground.
At one stage, India was dictating the terms and the match was entirely in the clutches of the home team. It was looking like a one-sided encounter. However, uncertainty looms over all forms of cricket. Prediction is not free from danger.
Chasing a huge total of 212 runs is just a mountain to climb for any team. At one stage, the Proteas were struggling at 81 for 3 in 8.4 overs against the disciplined Indian bowling. Rassie van der Dussen was shaky in the initial part of his innings and the ball was not coming on to his bat properly.
Fortunately, he got a life line when Shreyas Iyer dropped his crucial catch when South Africa was down the barrel. After that, he changed his colour like a chameleon, along with Miller.
The drop catch, as if, provided an extra tonic to Rassie as he toyed with Indian bowling and scored 45 runs in the next 15 deliveries and scored 75 off just 46 balls. In his 15-ball cameo, he hit 4 towering sixes and 5 boundaries, which helped the visitors to emerge victorious with ease in the end.
David Miller is known to kill any match with his prowess at batting. He did the same at the Kotla ground yesterday, hammering the leather all over the ground, scoring 64 runs in just 31 deliveries and changing the momentum of the game.
The 131-run unbeaten partnership helped South Africa to chase the highest ever total in T-20I cricket, and curbed India’s hope of creating a world record of 13 successful victories in the shortest format of the game.
Four matches of the series are still to be played. Team India has an ample chance to take revenge and wrap up the series. The next match of the series will take place at Cuttack on Sunday.