India lost the Pune T20 by 16 runs and helped Sri Lanka level the series. Now, the decider will be played at Rajkot on January 7th. In the second T20I, there are some hits and flops for the Indian side. Let us have a look.
* Top Order:
Top-order batting became a major concern for Team India. Be it the opening T20 or the second one, the openers have failed to score. Chasing a mammoth total of 206, Top-order should give a bright start but that didn’t happen. Rahul Tripathi and Hardik Pandya have failed to perform as well.
No-balls are the major difference between both sides. India bowled as many as 7 no-balls of which 5 were by Arshdeep Singh. He bowled these 5 no-balls in just 2 overs. This shows the discipline of India’s bowling. Apart from the no-ball fest, Indian fast bowling was off-color as well. Indian fast bowling conceded 151 runs in their 12 overs which made a huge difference.
Unlike the first T20I, Indian spinners bowled better. They picked up three wickets and conceded just 54 runs in the 8 overs.
* Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav:
Apart from the 90 runs partnership between Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav, there is nothing much to talk about the Indian batting. They both batted freely and took the game deep.