India’s loss in 3rd T20I delivers stark reminder of huge void after Bumrah, Shami and Siraj

inal over. 21 needed to win off 6 balls.

First ball – short on middle, 4.

Second ball – full and outside-off, 1.

Third ball – short and wide outside-off, 6.

Fourth ball – short and wide outside-off, 4

Fifth ball – Slower full toss, 4

Fifth ball – Full, wide outside-off, 4

Australia win by 5 wickets. Glenn Maxwell scores a century. Prasidh Krishna, the bowler in the final over, registers figures of 0/68 in 4 overs.

In the ongoing T20I series between India and Australia, the pitches have consistently favored batters across Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati. Chasing has proven advantageous, making it challenging for teams batting first. However, the difficulty is bound to increase for bowlers if they deviate from their lines and lengths.
Scoring 21 runs off the last six balls is a challenging task for any side, no matter who brilliantly a batter is attacking the bowlers. For India, the situation was more favourable as Matthew Wade was on strike instead of Maxwell. But Prasidh failed to nail a single yorker, and it seemed he didn’t even attempt one. Wade capitalized on a well-placed short ball first-up, securing a crucial four and putting India on the defensive. The following deliveries lacked variety, comprising three short-pitched balls, an almost no-ball full toss, and two wide deliveries outside off stump, enabling Australia batters to dominate the right-armer with ease.

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