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After losing the first T20I to Australia, India must win the second T20I if they want to stay alive in the three-game match. The series is part of the last few series India will play ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. For the second T20I in Nagpur, former Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli met former Indian coach Ravi Shastri, who is part of the commentary panel for the official broadcasters.

In the first T20I, India’s weaknesses with the ball were exposed as Australia shot down a formidable 209-run goal, quite comfortable for a four-wicket win at Mohali on Tuesday. KL Rahul (55 off 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71 not out on 30) helped India post a disheartening 208 for six after Australia gave the hosts batting. Australia was dominant in the chase, running home in 19.2 overs. Last year’s World Cup hero Matthew Wade (45 out of 21) and Cameron Green (61 out of 30) played special strokes to make short work of a stiff target.

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After the loss, Indian skipper Rohit put the blame entirely on the Indian bowlers. Experienced seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 52 runs in 4 overs, while Harshal Patel gave up 49 runs in his full quota. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was hit for 42 in 3.2 overs.

“I don’t think we bowled well. 200 is a good score to defend and we didn’t take our chances in the field. It was a great effort from our batters, but bowlers weren’t there at all. There are things we must watch,” said a disappointed Rohit during the presentation ceremony.

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“We know this is a high-scoring ground. You can’t relax even if you get 200. We took wickets to an extent, but they played really well. They played some extraordinary shots. When I was in that dressing room “I would expect to totally chase that. You can pull yourself back to get 60 runs in the last 4 overs. We were unable to take their wicket,” he added.

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With PTI inputs

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