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T20 cricket news today India got off to a careless start in the series against Australia as they failed to defend their total of 208 in the first match in Mohali on Tuesday. Aside from some plodding bowling, India was also found lacking in the fielding zone, with Axar Patel, KL Rahul, and Harshal Patel, all putting down chances that cost them dearly.
Former Indian Coach Ravi Shastri, otherwise known to fiercely back the team criticizes their efforts and suggests that they ‘lack brilliance’. “What I was disappointed today with was the standard of fielding. I mean, it looks sloppy and I think you need a big upping of the ante when it comes to the fielding if you have to beat big sides in big competitions,” he added.
This was after India posted a total in excess of 200, thanks primarily to Hardik Pandya’s heroics in the middle order with vital contributions from KL Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46). Pandya bounced back to form in style with a blistering 71 not out off 30 balls, helping the Men in Blue post a formidable 208/6.
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But the bowling, especially the pace department, once again let the team down, with the hosts leaking 53 runs from overs 17 to 19 — 31 of those coming off two Bhuvneshwar overs, with Harshal Patel bowling the other one.
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