India dropped Mushfiqur Rahim when he was batting on 38 and also missed taking the review on a couple of occasions against the Bangladesh wicketkeeper which ultimately led to their defeat in the 1st T20I on Sunday.
- Rohit admitted that errors on the field cost India the game in Delhi
- India failed to defend 148 as Bangladesh reached the target with 7 wickets and 3 balls to spare
- The defeat was India’s first against Bangladesh in 9 T20Is to date.
India captain Rohit Sharma was disappointed with his team’s effort in the field as they went down by 7 wickets in the first T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi on Sunday. Bangladesh now lead the 3-match series 1-0.
India failed to defend 148 at the Arun Jaitley stadium as Bangladesh rode on Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 60 off 43 balls to chase down the target with 3 balls to spare. The defeat was India’s first against Bangladesh in 9 T20Is played between the two nations to date.
Rahim was dropped by Krunal Pandya when he was batting on 38 and India also failed to take a couple of reviews during his knock which ultimately led to their downfall in the match.
“Not to take credit away from Bangladesh. They put us under pressure right from the start when we were batting. It was a defendable score, and we made mistakes on the field. The guys are a bit inexperienced, and they can learn from that, perhaps not make them the next time.
“The reviews were a mistake from our side, not to talk about it at least, and the first ball he played on the back foot, we thought it was going down leg, and the next one on the front foot, but we forgot how short he is!” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.
Rohit also defended Rishabh Pant, who was instrumental in the DRS calls.
“Of course, Rishabh is young and he will need time to understand. It’s too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions. Plus, the bowlers as well. It’s a combination when the captain is not in the right position to make that decision.”
India was restricted to 148 for 6 by a spirited Bangladeshi bowling attack with Aminul Islam and Shafiul Islam grabbing two wickets each. Shikhar Dhawan was India’s top-scorer with 41 while Rishabh Pant (27), Krunal Pandya (15 not out) and Washington Sundar (14 not out) played handy cameos.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah was all praise for his bowlers for keeping India to a gettable total after opting to bowl.
“I think it was all based on how we start but the bowlers did a great job, everyone chipped one. I think captaincy was made easy because of the guys performing well. I think Mushy deserves the credit, especially he and Soumya. Naim too batted well on debut, giving us the start we needed,” Mahmudullah said after the game.