The Indian cricket team suffered a close call defeat in the 2nd T20I of the 3 match series in Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
The Indian lost the match by 16 runs in the end while chasing a target of 207. Despite losing 5 wickets for 57 runs.
Batting first after losing the toss, the Sri Lanka put in 206 runs on the board. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis gave Sri Lanka a good start to the match, scoring 80 runs in 8 overs.
However, the Lankan inning lost the momentum thereafter and were down to 4 wickets for 110 runs. Thereafter, Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka played a brilliant inning as he scored 56 runs from 22 balls to take Sri Lanka to 206 runs.
Chasing the target, the Men in Blue lost 5 wickets for 57 runs. But there on, Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav formed a brilliant partnership and brought India back into the game. However, in the end, after Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel was dismissed, India couldn’t go anything else and lost the match by 16 runs.
Meanwhile, after the match, India captain Hardik Pandya blamed Arshdeep Singh for his 5 no balls in the match. However, the Twitterati believes that Hardik shouldn’t have been this harsh on him.
Hardik Pandya said, "going for runs is fine, but no balls aren't. Not blaming, but Arshdeep Singh needs to go back and make sure these basic errors don't happen at this level".— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 5, 2023
This is the reason why any player shouldn't be given Captaincy, instead of backing players for one bad day he's shaming him in front of the whole nation , My respect for Rohit increased after hearing this , Hardik should improve his attitude or should be removed from captaincy— Sukham Garg 🇮🇳 (@SukhamGarg19) January 5, 2023
Shows how poor a captain Hardik is, should've addressed this personally in dressing room rather than babbling in media.— Sudhanshu (@sudshud) January 5, 2023
If such is the case , then why no words for back to back failures of his GT team member Shubhman Gill ??
Man forgot that Arshdeep was one of the reasons that we went that far in the World Cup.— Investment Ideas (@investwithme100) January 5, 2023
Just 1 loss n the true colour of #HardikPandya is out.Can he himself count on except for 1-2 matches what has been his contribution till date to be made as a captain.This is just below the belt statement to blame an emerging player infront of whole media.#INDvsSL #ArshdeepSingh— CommonWow-Man (@CommonWowman) January 5, 2023
“Not blaming” but actually does blame a youngster in public and calls it “a crime”.— Manish Pandey (@_ManishPandey) January 5, 2023
A fan of Hardik Pandya and his captaincy style in general, but maybe he should remember his own history with overstepping & how it cost India a World Cup semi-final… #INDvSL https://t.co/WZwsBorZ8B pic.twitter.com/lVM1xNWsdy
He directly and publicly pinned the blame on a youngster. Should have avoided that since captains are meant to back their team mates. https://t.co/mLkuqHnuqi— Areeba (@areeba_chaudhry) January 5, 2023