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.