ICC World T20 2018: Four reasons why India lost to England in the semis
- Credit has to be given to almost all the England players as it was a complete team effort.
#3 Underwhelming captaincy from Harmanpreet Kaur
With a target of just 113, England's main aim would have been batting all 120 balls. They just needed to score less than run-a-ball to achieve the target. In the field restriction overs, only two fielders are allowed outside the circle and Kaur had the right field and after the seventh over when the field spread out, India had just four fielders inside the circle and it allowed England to rotate the strike and keep the scorecard ticking.
Almost every ball the Indian spinners have bowled, especially Poonam Yadav, have been played on the backfoot by the Englishwomen and hit towards the midwicket as the off-side is packed inside the circle. With the fielders in the leg-side positioned in the outfield, it became too easy for England to milk the runs without taking any risk in the middle overs.
India just stuck to their plan A, which is a defensive plan for a flat wicket. On such wickets, the field setting should have been aggressive and Kaur should have kept more fielders inside the circle and applied pressure on England.Published 23 Nov 2018, 12:38 IST