Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - India display true quality with a flip in toss fortunes. India ticked every box that they might have listed down before the game
India ticked every box that they might have listed down before the game
“If we play like this, nobody can beat us,” quipped Ravindra Jadeja at the end of the match against Scotland. “In T20 format, we have to play like this, that is for sure.”
India had the luck of the toss, a critical factor in this T20 WC, finally going their way in a match where they picked three spinners. It was a bit of a gamble again with the dew factor likely to have been on the back of their minds. But with Hardik Pandya bowling again, they had the cushion of additional resources. Not that it was remotely required in their one-sided encounter against Scotland.
Here, they ticked every box that they might have listed down before the game. It enabled a second dominant show on the bounce, showing that this Indian side is capable of much more than what was evident in the first two defeats – to Pakistan and New Zealand – that left them on the brink of elimination.
In their previous encounter, the batsmen, led by their openers, set up the highest total in the tournament to ease the task of the bowlers. But it was in Dubai, a venue that has now seen chasing teams win eight out of nine games, that the bowlers finally had their say in favourable conditions.
“Don't want to say a lot about today's performance, we know what we can do. Also tells you how important the toss can be at this venue,” said Kohli echoing the thoughts of Man of the Match Jadeja.
“We didn't panic in the dressing room [after the first two losses], and in these conditions it becomes very important to win the toss. Because of the dew the whole game changes. The same team that bats first will bat quite differently when they bat second. So in my opinion, the dew factor is huge,” reflected Jadeja on the merits of bowling first.
He finished with 3/15 in his four overs, getting wickets in trademark fashion – off balls that turned as well as those that skidded on. The first use of the pitch brought all of India's bowlers into the game as they bundled out Scotland for just 85.
“First innings the ball stops a little bit and grips a little bit. In the second innings the dew comes on and the wicket becomes flat and becomes very easy for the batsmen. So when we were batting first, we weren't getting the sort of starts that we would have wanted. When you don't get the start, in T20 cricket you lose wickets in the middle overs as well and partnerships cant be built, so it was very important to win the toss and bat second,” Jadeja felt.
When they did bat second, with the intention of finishing the chase in 43 balls or less to get their run-rate above Afghanistan and New Zealand, it resulted in the highest score of the powerplay in the tournament and the fastest individual fifty of the tournament, by KL Rahul (off 18 balls).
It has given India a faint chance, with their hopes resting on Afghanistan beating New Zealand for a start, and Jadeja insisting that they'd stick to this approach.
“In the last two-three years we have played very good cricket in whichever format, in India or outside India. But just after one or two matches we cant start judging ourselves. In T20s especially every team will have those ups and downs. So if you look at our record overall in the last two three years, it has been very good. It [losses[ happen in one or two matches. But we don't think too much about it. We will look at the opportunity ahead and we'll look to play the kind of cricket that we did in this game.”