When India go for their second Super8s match, they’ll be aware that they were in a similar hole in the last World T20. There is always some amount of confidence that draw from history but you also know that history doesn’t repeat itself and it is up to the team to recall and repeat its heroics. They must not allow this defeat to linger.
There was nothing wrong with the basics of Dwayne Bravo. What a strong hand the young man played, both with bat and ball. Normally when he comes in, Bravo tends to favour the slog over mid-wicket but he looked to play straight. Most of his shots were genuine cricketing shots and right through he’s played the spinners best.
I thought the plan against Chris Gayle worked very well. They mixed it up nicely and with Harbhajan Singh’s first over frustrating him no end. However, the Indians missed a trick by not bowling enough short-pitched balls, in stark contrast to the Windies. The problems for the Indians began with the dismissal of Rohit Sharma and compounded when they lost two more wickets for next to nothing and all within the first five overs.
There was a period of consolidation but the first shot that MS Dhoni played in an attempt to free the shackles proved counter-productive. Another day, another 2-3 yards to the left or right and Dhoni would have been away.
The issue is that once you have taken time to get in, you have to bat through, at least until the 18th or 19th over. That didn’t happen with Dhoni but thankfully Yuvraj Singh was there. He understands the importance of hitting boundaries at the start of the over.
The West Indies were fortunate to have got him in the 17th over. Another two overs from him, and India would have got to 160-165, which would have been the par score, given that the Windies bat deep and all their batsmen, including the impressive Lendl Simmons, are natural strokemakers.
England will be under huge pressure and that has to be exploit. Whoever loses this match could well be out.