India captain Rohit Sharma lauded his bowling department for producing an outstanding performance against Pakistan in conditions which weren’t exactly bowling friendly.
On a flat deck and in sultry heat, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15), Jasprit Bumrah (2/23), Kedar Jadhav (3/23) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/37) were on target a they dismissed Pakistan for 162.
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“We stuck to our plans. Lot of improvement from the last game, spinners kept it tight, got the odd breakthroughs. The bowlers took wickets early as well, in the first 10 overs was magnificent. It was important to do that because they have quality in there and we wanted to make sure not to make things easy for them,” Rohit added.
The skipper said that he told the bowlers not to panic during the 82-run stand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik.
Jadhav has been a surprise element since he started bowling the side-arm off-spin, which batsmen across teams have found difficult to hit.
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Man of the match Bhuvneshwar Kumar praised Jadhav’s bowling.
“Always good to bowl any team out for a low total. Great to see Jadhav bowl well in the absence of Hardik Pandya. On a track where the ball doesn’t swing, it’s important to bowl back of a length and try to hit the stumps,” said Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that poor shot selection became their undoing.
“The start was not at all good. We lost two wickets in the first five overs. We got some momentum in the middle but again lost wickets and could not recover. We batted poorly and all of us played poor shots to get out.