Clearly hit by the two-run defeat in the first T20I, the young India team has their task cut out when they take on Zimbabwe in the second match on Monday. The only time the team was tested on the tour and it scummed to the pressure of chasing the target, which was big on a tricky Harare track.
Not only the batsmen failed to help India cross the line, the bowlers were also guilty of given away too many runs during the death overs.
Blame it on inexperience or nerves, the bowlers let Zimbabwe post a total in excess of 150. While they did a comendable job in the ODI series to bowl out Zimbabwe for small totals, the bowlers should not have let it slip with the change in the format.
Credit should also be given to the opposition for keeping their spirits high after being thrashed in the three match ODI series and failing to impress in any department of the game.
While the bowling overall was a let down, but Rishi Dhawan and Jaydev Unadkat were costly in particular. Both bowlers were guilty of leaking runs and finally eneded by giving more that 40 runs off the thier four overs.
This could force a couple of changes in the playing XI with Dhawal Kulkarni, who was impressive in the ODIs, getting a game.
In the batting department, the young squad had a rare off day and bad shot selection cost the batsmen their wicket even after getting starts.
Manish Pandey, who made 48, would have liked to finish the game for India but was dismissed in the 18th over.
MS Dhoni, who asked the players to learn from the mistakes, will be hoping for a better performance from the team and a win in the second T20I to keep the series alive.