In the low scoring match between India and Australia at Vizag on 24th Feb, a thrilling win by Australia has given away too many questions. Somebody is thinking about the pitch, somebody about the batting of Dhoni while the maximum is blaming Umesh Yadav for giving a quantum of runs in the final over (20th over).
Australia after winning the toss decided to bowl first. The Aussies put their heart and soul into the game and restricted India on 126-7. In the last few overs, people were expecting the fussilade of fours and sixes from Mahendra Singh Dhoni but the bat or fate did not do so. Dhoni was trying to hit very hard but he was unlucky this time. It was perhaps the first time when Dhoni played first 30 bowls in T20 and did not hit four or six. We saw only 1 six in the last over which put some smile on the face of Indians. We can not blame Dhoni as he stayed on the ground for a long time, kept on rotating strikes and moved on the scoreboard. After the early dismissal of Rohit, Rahul, Virat, and Pant, he handled the situation gently.
In the bowling department, Indian bowlers took early wickets but they could not stop Maxwell from his fire. Everybody says, “Maxwell is second Dhoni.” He protected the scoreboard by hitting a couple of sixes and fours. In the last few overs when Maxwell got out, a ray of hope arose for Indian Team that they can still be back in the game. The brilliant 19th over by Jaspreet Bumrah stunned everybody. By taking 2 important wickets and giving 2 runs only, he showed that he has incredible potential. He won the heart of Indian fans but the last over by Umesh Yadav disappointed everyone.
14 runs needed in the last over – Tough fight between India and Australia. Umesh Yadav was back after a long time. Virat Kohli trusted him for the final over. The partnership of Cummins and Richardson had kept hope of Australians also. Cummins in the final over hit an incredible “4” and turned the tide. The last ball needed 2 runs for Australia and Cummins took fast 2 runs. This led Australia to win the 1st T20I match.
Maximum questions were put on Umesh Yadav as he could have done well but nothing can be said in the game of cricket especially in the last over. Chances in such situation are 50-50. Umesh Yadav should improve the game & will have to do something amazing to build back trust on him now.