Wicketless middle-overs period accelerated defeat: Bhuvneshwar

“It was a tough wicket for batting. Rain was around, it was a damp. So you know, Australian bowlers made the most of the wicket. We tried our best to take initial wickets,” said Bhuvneshwar, who added that India’s failure to pick up wickets in the middle overs meant that Australia could run away with the game. “If you have to win the match, you have to keep taking wickets especially in the middle overs which we couldn’t do. I would say they bowled better than us.”
India’s top-order collapse was triggered by Jason Behrendorff, who registered excellent figures of 4 for 21. Having sent back both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the opening over, he struck in his next two overs as well, accounting for Manish Pandey and Shikhar Dhawan. Warner decided to bowl him out upfront in a bid to do more damage. Although Behrendorff did not pick up a wicket in his final over, the damage he had done at the start was enough for Australia to sustain the momentum all through the innings.
“I think we tried to rebuild it again. But we couldn’t do it. We can’t really point a finger on someone and say it was their fault. It was just an off day for us,” said Bhuvneshwar. “He [Behrendorff] bowled really well. He made full use of the wicket. It was the perfect kind of wicket for the line and length he bowled. You need to be bit fortunate to get three or four wickets in the T20s. Rohit Sharma’s wicket and Kohli’s wicket were the crucial point for us, in the first over itself.”

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