India’s head coach Rahul Dravid justified his team’s decision to bowl first in the second T20I claiming that there was a lot of dew at the end of the match and such decisions could not be made based on previous numbers alone .
After he was put in the bat, Sri Lanka put on 206 for 6, while India fell to 57 for 5 and eventually lost by 16 points.
India lost to Sri Lanka by 16 points in the second Twenty20 International in Pune with tour skipper Dasun Shanaka named Player of the Match after a brilliant bat and ball performance. The final will take place in Rajkot on Thursday.
Bowling discipline was scrutinized during the defeat at the MCA Stadium, with wides and no-balls contributing to a Sri Lankan score of 206/6. Suryakumar Yadav (51 off 36 balls) and Axar Patel (65 off 31 balls) contributed to India’s early struggles with the bat, leaving them at 34/4.
“I really think the decision was right”: Rahul Dravid
As of Thursday, teams batting first have won 34 games at MCA Stadium in all T20s, compared to 29 wins by the chasing teams. Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lanka captain, made a similar comment after losing the coin toss, stating that he already intended to bat first.
Dravid countered that the pitch was favorable for batting and that it wasn’t a bad idea to bowl first as dew had been predicted for the second half.
“The amount of dew there was at the back… it’s just that we lost a few wickets in the chase. If we had a few wickets in our hands I think we would have… we were already close. But there was a lot of dew,” Rahul Dravid said at the press conference.
“You cannot continue with the history of the past. To be fair, it looked like a really nice wicket, and it stayed that way. It helped the fast bowlers a little bit if you threw it in the right locations with the new ball,” Added Rahul Dravid.
“Apart from that I thought it was a great wicket. They played well to reach 207 , but we made numerous mistakes with the ball. And despite losing so many wickets, we ran them pretty close”
“It was difficult at the back because they couldn’t bowl their spinners because the ball was so wet. I honestly believe the decision was right. We would have achieved the right result if we could have done a little better on some aspects of the game.” Rahul Dravid Added further.
Sri Lanka won the second T20I by 16 runs to take the 3-match T20I series to 1-1.
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