India were completely outclassed in the 3rd T20I as South Africa defeated them by 9 wickets to level the series 1-1. This happened after India skipper Virat Kohli took everyone by surprise after opting to bat first at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, a venue where teams look forward to chasing in the shortest format.
It was for the first time in seven T20Is at the venue that the captain winning the toss had batted.
The result though did not turn out in India’s favour but Virat Kohli revealed that they would continue with this template of opting to bat first after winning the toss in order to test the team in the toughest of the situations.
Kohli’s bold move to bat first boomeranged on his team as Quinton de Kock (79) spearheaded South Africa’s chase for a series-levelling nine-wicket win in the third T20 International here on Sunday.
“Exactly what we wanted to do and that’s going to be the template we’ll follow for games we have before the World Cup (on opting to bat after winning the toss). The mindset has to be flexible and to try out things when situations are stacked against us. We will have games like this where we don’t execute what we want. But as long as the intent is there to improve, we’ll be in a good zone. “
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India skipper also admitted that the South African bowlers bowled well and used the pitch well as the hosts failed to read the tempo of the game.
“I think South Africa bowled well, the pitch suited them in the first innings and we weren’t able to read the tempo of the game well. I would say only in T20 cricket (where chasing is easier).”
“In one-day cricket you have time for the bowlers to come back, but here a partnership of 40-50 can take the game away from you. One good partnership and you’re under the pump even if you’re defending 200.”
Stressing on the fact that players who have done well in the domestic circuit are getting opportunities, Virat Kohli said that they will try to get the squad composition right as soon as they can.
“The squad composition we’ll try to get right as soon as we can. The guys who have done well in the domestic circuit are getting opportunities, so it’s not like we are playing random people. You have to understand as well that it’s a very young side, you have to give them time as a team to come together. We batted till 9 tonight, and that’s one area we’re looking to strengthen.”