India vs Sri Lanka: Where India lost the game against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka chased down their highest target and the highest ever in Champions Trophy, there were a few turning points. India, who posted 321/6 batting first, lost the game with eight balls remaining. Here's where the game went out of their hand.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 9, 2017 12:54 am
india vs sri lanka, ind vs sl, kohli, champions trophy Hardik Pandya bowled seven overs and conceded 51 runs. (Source: Reuters)

In the hindsight, much can be said about India’s bowling and how they lost the game. But, in the match which saw Sri Lanka chased down their highest target and the highest ever in Champions Trophy, there were a few turning points. India, who posted 321/6 batting first, lost the game with eight balls remaining. Here’s where the game went out of their hand

Dhawan, Kohli wicket: It’s rare. The tormentor Kohli could not open his account against Sri Lanka. India had got a decent start. After scoring 48 in the first 10 overs, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were all set to launch an attack. They added 90 more runs in the same number of balls but then in the space of six balls, India lost two wickets. Dhawan and Kohli were back in the hut and Yuvraj Singh, the new man, took some time to settle before even he was removed. India lost the momentum, something which had lifted them against Pakistan.

Over 31-40: After a slow start, India needed a cameo. Anyone could have taken an initiative. Yuvraj would have been the ideal batsman but he was bowled in an unfortunate manner. Now, India were pushed back. In the 10 overs, from 31st to 40th, India managed only 49 runs. Only two overs gave more than eight runs.

Jadeja spell: Kohli had to make a difficult decision of leaving out R Ashwin once again. He trusted Jadeja to the wickets in the middle overs. But against Sri Lanka, he failed. Kohli was left searching for options. Jadeja’s first spell of four overs cost India 36 runs. Kohli removed him. Kedar Jadhav and himself were his two best options for bowling.

Pandya’s failure: The seam all-rounder, picked to be an attacking batsmen and one who was expected to score quick runs, Pandya failed miserably. With the bat, Pandya could be forgiven. Padnya could have contributed more with the ball. Though he is yet to attain the status of bowler who could bowl 10 overs and not cost the team some runs.

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  1. I
    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    I think we were about 30 runs short of what would have been a match winning target. Baaki sab, speculation hai. #0 more runs and the Sri Lankan batsmen would have taken more risks and given us more chances.
    1. I
      Imran Dhankot
      Jun 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
      Incorrect facts.. it was not dhawan and kohli we lost early but sharma and kohli.. I thought atleast a big media company like Indian Express would be fact checking and proof reading their articles for such basic mistakes but guess i was wrong.
      1. A
        Jun 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        1. This is a good analysis of what happened in the match. Sri Lanka deserves heartiest congratulations. From the first ball, they pla to win as it was a do or die situation for them. On the other hand, our captain Virat Kohli was done in by overconfidence. 2. Is it that our team needed a spinner like R Ashwin? It is captain’ call and he preferred to pick up a fast bowler; here too, Umesh Yadav was sent to fence several times in crucial overs. Hence, it is not easy to say which combination would have been a winning combination. However, let us be frank about it: we could not capitalize on a very decent start from our opening pair as both number three and number four batsmen failed miserably; otherwise we could have easily added at least 25-30 runs to our total score of 321. 3. For all four teams in Group B, with one win from two matches, it will be elimination round match: on Sunday for India & South Africa and on Monday for stan & Sri Lanka.
        1. R
          Jun 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm
          India's biggest problem is actually its opening pair. In ODIs, it is easy to score 50 off the first 10 overs without losing a wicket but this means that a power play is wasted. Rohit blocking full tosses and half volleys in the first 10 overs puts pressure on subsequent batsmen the game against stan also, India did not score enough but were lucky to get away. Against a slightly better team, this has proved to be the team's undoing. India needs to target 75 runs in the first 10 overs without losing more than 1 wicket. The reasonable score in today's ODIs, with small grounds and bow restrictions, is 350. 320 is easily chase able and that is what the Lankans did.
          1. Z
            Jun 9, 2017 at 11:42 am
            Trust Me Kohli Is The Worst captain ever for India Captain Should Be Cool And Calm like Ms Dhoni .. Dhoni IS The Much much Better Captain Than The Kohli Earliar RCb Lost Almost All Matches And Kohli Is Leading The Side So Indian Fans Think About It
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