Australia managed to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match T20I series in India as chase gunned down a huge target of 209 with four balls to spare. India’s score of 208/6 was their highest ever in T20Is against Australia but then the visitors then left no stone unturned in chasing down the total, with the hosts’ spinner Axar Patel being the only one who caused the Aussies some problems. Former India batter Ajay Jadeja has opined that it is difficult to pinpoint out any specific period during the second innings when India lost the match.
As per the quotes in Hindustan Times, Ajay Jadeja said, “I am trying to think of a situation where India had a chance, except for when Axar Patel was bowling. And he also didn’t bowl at a stretch. Except for those overs, there was no problem that Australia had. They didn’t even have to take any chances.”
Australia came out all guns blazing during the chase with Cameron Green’s 30-ball 61 helping them dominate the first 10 overs. Umesh Yadav and Axar then put a temporary break on the flow of runs between 11-15 overs by taking a few quick wickets but Matthew Wade then came in and took the game away from India.
Elaborating the same, Ajay Jadeja said, “India carried on with the plans that they had when they took those wickets and it just didn’t work. It’s really difficult to figure out where did we went wrong because throughout those innings, we went wrong. There is no one stage I can pick and say something could have been done differently.”
He further explained, “At the start maybe I would have pointed out bowling Axar Patel (as the problem) because the ball was seaming but he ended up with the best figures. He looked like he was playing a different game to the others. Chahal has had a few games where things haven’t gone his way. I feel for Rohit Sharma, everything he did was right but Australia had an answer for everything.”