England beat India by 34 runs in Cardiff to win the T20I tri-series. Alex Hales (5) celebrates the wicket of Rishabh Pant (not pictured) of India during the T20 International match between England and India at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales, on September 8, 2018. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
While his team failed to beat Pakistan on Saturday, Virat Kohli insisted the 22-year-old legspinner Kuldeep Yadav did not bowl badly. Both Kohli and ODI skipper Rohit Sharma questioned Kuldeep’s bowling over his second spell that brought down the momentum of the game. However, Kohli on Sunday claimed that it was important for his team to learn from their mistakes.
“We have very good guys and Kuldeep did a good job in the second spell as well. It is vital for us to learn and definitely in T20 as well, we want to work on what we missed,” Kohli told reporters after the match.
“It is very important to keep in mind that these are the type of T20s in which mistakes are quite easy to happen. These were very specific mistakes,” he added.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed believes the dew helped bowlers as they could shift direction easily. “All the bowlers got a lot of practice during the pre-tournament camp,” he was quoted as saying by ICC.
“It was a very tough game. We bowled really well and we did not lose a wicket until the seventh over. Bowlers started changing the angle and the decision of the umpires also helped us a lot,” the skipper added.
Sarfraz said that when India had lost wickets, the conditions were favorable for the bowlers. “The conditions were favourable for us and what other teams would like. India always has a good turner of ball, the wicket was also very helpful for the bowlers,” he noted.
From two points behind, Pakistan won their second straight match and thus advanced to the T20I series final for the first time since 2015.
Nasir Jamshed scored a quickfire 47 off just 25 balls while Babar Azam clubbed a run-a-ball 47 to single-handedly lift Pakistan to 216-4. But they were in dire need of a breakthrough with the Indian bowlers going toe-to-toe with them.
Kuldeep dismissed Babar and captain Sarfraz in successive balls in the second over of the innings to lose India an early advantage.
Pakistan then lost two other batsmen when Fakhar Zaman and Sohaib Maqsood departed, but deep into the innings their scoring rate finally slowed and later they managed to reach 201-3 from 20 overs.
England stuttered but weathered the storm to post 229-7. English captain Eoin Morgan, who hit 33 from 20 balls, was adjudged the man of the match.
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