A below-par batting performance in the final four overs cost them dearly, feels India captain Virat Kohli as his team lost another T20 International while batting first, this time against the West Indies. The West Indies won the second T20 by eight wickets after India managed only 170 for 7 in 20 overs after being put into bat.
Having lost seven out of the last 15 T20 games where they have batted first, Kohli was asked if it has become an issue as statistics suggested.
“Numbers say a lot of things. They can say a lot of things that aren’t there as well. I think we were good for the first 16 overs while batting when we were 140 for 4. But then in the last four overs, we should have got 40 to 45 runs and we got only thirty. We need to focus on that,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
In fact, India scored only 38 runs in the last five overs after Shivam Dube’s 54 off 30 balls provided a platform for final assault.
“Shivam’s knock helped us reach 170. To be honest, West Indies bowled cutters and their change of pace did not help us. They read the pitch better than us. West Indies played a very good game and they deserved to win,” the skipper admitted.
“If we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough. We were poor in the field during the last two games. We dropped two catches (Sundar and Pant) in one over. Imagine if they lost two in the same over that could have increased pressure,” he said.
“Everyone saw we need to be more brave in fielding. It’s a do-or-die game coming up in Mumbai.”
He was happy that the ploy to send Dube at No 3 worked wonderfully well even though they have ended up on the losing side.
“(About Dube) We knew they will use spinners early so we thought why not use Shivam’s power. The plan worked well.” He took a stunning catch at the boundary line to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer and Kohli felt that it was case of the ball sticking in his hands.