The captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has said that the failure of the middle order was the main reason of India’s defeat against Pakistan in the first T20 match which was played at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. India lost that match by 5 wickets.

Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the match, Dhoni said, “The middle order didn’t manage to capitalize on the good start provided by the two opening batsmen and that was the main reason why we lost the match. This was not a hard wicket to bat on. The bounce was pretty good and it was easy to play through the line. We should have scored 180 on that wicket. The openers batted superbly. They gave us a very good platform.”

“The Pakistani team has got a couple of great death bowlers and it’s not easy to slog them. But, had we applied ourselves, we would have managed to reach somewhere around 180 which would have been a very good score.”

When asked about the performance of the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dhoni said, “He used the new ball brilliantly. He swung the ball both ways and bowled in good areas. We needed to get a few wickets at the start and he provided us those early breakthroughs which brought us back into the match.”

When asked why Ravichandran Ashwin was left out of the XI, Dhoni said, “They have a lot of right handers in their side, so, we decided to include an extra left arm spinner in the XI. Also, Ashwin has played a lot of cricket recently. So, it was important to give him a bit of break.”
The second T20 match between India and Pakistan will be played at Sardar Patel Stadium Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad on Friday.