Against Australia in Mohali, Team India failed to defend more than 200 runs and for the second time it happened when they had to face defeat after scoring more than 200 runs.

Captain Rohit Sharma gave the responsibility of the defeat to the bowlers as once again the bowlers could not bowl well in the death overs. Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar spent 22 and 16 runs in the 18th and 19th overs respectively.

Apart from this, Rohit called the 61-run partnership between Tim David and Matthew Wade as the turning point of the match, but after the match, when Hardik Pandya was asked about this, he could not able tell where the match slipped?

Playing a brilliant innings of 71 runs in 30 balls, Pandya was instrumental in making the team score 208 runs despite the initial setbacks, but after the match when a journalist asked him, Hardik said, I do not know where India’s match slipped from hands?

When the journalist asked whether it was the 18th over in which Harshal’s bowling they scored 22 runs, Hardik refused to point fingers at any one.

Hardik said, ‘Tell me, I do not know, if we had known, we would not have slipped there. Look sir can’t pin point. Even on his time, 24-25 runs came in an over, it doesn’t matter. It is a bilateral series and with two matches left, we will try to do something good.

Talking about Hardik’s innings, this is not only his best score against Australia but it is also his career best score in T20I. After this match, Hardik also gave his reaction by tweeting.

He wrote that we will learn, we will improve and thanks to all the fans for supporting. The next match of the series will be played in Nagpur on 23 September.

By Ritik Sharma

A common man who is doing 'calm se kaam', a failed cricketer, still in love with it. #Journo IG/@ritiksharma45

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