Two blun­ders that cost Aus­tralia

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They’re the two de­ci­sions that are likely to haunt Steve Smith. One was of his own mak­ing, while the other left the Aus­tralian cap­tain shak­ing his head. Vi­rat Kohli might have stolen the head­lines with his match-win­ning in­nings for In­dia, but these two cru­cial calls played an un­der­stated role in de­ter­min­ing the out­come of Aus­tralia’s match against the World Twenty20 host na­tion. Here are the big mo­ments from the In­dia-Aus­tralia clash.

SMITH DUD­DED

Smith had a dis­be­liev­ing look on his face af­ter be­ing given out caught be­hind by um­pire Marais Eras­mus off the first de­liv­ery bowled by Yu­vraj Singh. And re­plays showed why. There ap­peared to be no noise and no de­vi­a­tion when the ball passed the in­side edge of Smith’s bat, per­haps pro­vid­ing a clue as to why the Aussie skip­per looked so an­gry as he walked off the field. Adding to Smith’s frus­tra­tion were two fac­tors – the bowler, and the match sit­u­a­tion. The de­liv­ery was ac­tu­ally Yu­vraj’s first of the whole tour­na­ment and was a gen­uine loosener, some­thing you don’t see much of in Twenty20 cricket.

Gift­ing the wicket to the part-time spin of Yu­vraj was a body blow for the Aussies, es­pe­cially as it came just a few balls af­ter key bats­man David Warner was dis­missed. Those back-to-back wick­ets com­pletely changed the mo­men­tum of Aus­tralia’s in­nings and prob­a­bly de­prived them of the ex­tra runs that could have proved to be too much for In­dia.

SMITH SELLS ZAMPA SHORT

In his post-match in­ter­view Smith was asked if, in hind­sight, he should have let Zampa bowl more overs. “He could have bowled one more – he bowled three,” was Smith’s re­sponse. Only prob­lem is, Zampa ac­tu­ally bowled two overs. In Aus­tralia’s other two matches, fans were left want­ing more.

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