New Delhi. The third match of the five T20 series will be played between India and South Africa on Tuesday (June 14). It is a do or die match for Team India, because if they lose in this match, then they will lose the series against South Africa. In such a situation, Team India led by Rishabh Pant will have to put full emphasis to return. Team India entered this series with 12 consecutive T20 wins. But, South Africa removed the air of Team India in the first 2 T20s. In the first match, the bowlers were disappointed and in the second, the batsmen were defeated. Rishabh Pant’s inexperienced captaincy did the right thing.
Pant took many such decisions in both the matches. Which the team had to bear the brunt. That is, three mistakes on a coarse scale weighed heavily on Team India. Now in the third match, the Indian team will have to avoid repeating it. Otherwise it will not take long to lose the series.
Top order fails to score quick runs in powerplay
Team India’s first mistake is not being able to give a strong start to the opener in the powerplay. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan and Rituraj Gaikwad opened the innings for Team India in the first two matches of the T20 series against South Africa. But, the pair failed to score runs in the powerplay. Still, Ishaan batted well in both the matches. In the first match, he scored 76 runs in 48 balls at a strike rate of 158. At the same time, in the second T20, 34 runs came from his bat in 21 balls.
Rituraj did not prove effective as an opener
On the other hand, Rituraj scored 23 runs in the first T20 and only 1 run in the second. In the first T20, the pair added 51 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay. So right there, in the second T20, Rituraj got out in the first over itself. Team India had to suffer because of this and only 42 runs were scored in 6 overs of powerplay. In such a situation, in the third T20, India will have to rectify this mistake. For this, the opening pair will have to be changed and apart from Rituraj, Venkatesh Iyer can be tried in the top order. He can also give an option in bowling.
Did not bat in the middle over
The big difference between India and South Africa in the first two T20Is was the batting of both the teams in the middle over. In the first T20, he scored 160 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 14 overs after the powerplay. That is, 11 runs per over. Due to this the team was able to score more than 200. At the same time, South Africa scored 61 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay in the first T20. That is, 10 runs more than India. After this, losing just 1 wicket in the remaining 14 overs, he scored 151 runs and won the match.
The same thing happened in the second T20 as well. India scored 106 runs in the subsequent 14 overs of the powerplay and lost 5 wickets. Chasing this target, D.Africa did not have a good start either. He lost three wickets in making 29 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay. But Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller batted brilliantly in the middle over and won the match by scoring 120 runs in 12.2 overs at the rate of 10 runs per over.
Indian bowling flop
The second big mistake was the poor performance of the bowlers. In the first two T20s, Indian bowlers failed to make a mark. Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4 wickets) in the second T20, neither the fast bowler nor the spinner worked. The pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Akshal Patel conceded 68 runs in 5 overs in the second T20 and took only 1 wicket. Even though Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel gave equal 17-17 runs in 3-3 overs. But both of them failed to take wickets. In such a situation, in the third T20, the Indian team management will have to rectify this mistake and try new bowlers like Umran Malik, Ravi Bishnoi.
Pant’s captaincy did not show strength
Rishabh Pant got a chance to captain the series against South Africa due to the injury of KL Rahul. But, in the first two T20s, Rishabh Pant did not live up to the captaincy. His body language was not visible to the captains. He took many such decisions, on which questions are being raised. In the second T20, the decision to send Axar Patel before Dinesh Karthik proved to be wrong. Apart from this, he also did not get Yuzvendra Chahal to complete his quota of overs in the first T20.
Pant did not show any plan-B to get the African batsmen out. He himself could not do anything special with the bat. In such a situation, in the third T20, he will have to play more aggressively. Only then will Team India return.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 13, 2022, 16:29 IST