Virat Kohli and team puzzled by the Duckword Lewis method

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Virat Kohli and team puzzled by the Duckword Lewis method

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SportsCafe Desk


After sealing a comfortable victory over the Aussies in the first T20I game, India skipper Virat Kohli expressed that his side doesn’t really understand the Duckworth Lewis method as they were expecting a lesser revised target. Man-of-the-match Kuldeep Yadav also revealed his strategy post game.

After an hour-long rain interruption in Ranchi took away a large chunk of the overs from Saturday’s game, India were asked to chase a revised target of 48 runs from six overs. While skipper Virat Kohli led from the front and helped the side cross the line quite comfortably, he couldn’t help expressing his befuddlement with the Duckworth Lewis method.

Limiting Australia to just 118 runs from 18.4 overs, India expected a much lower target on the board. The weather was one of the main reasons India opted to field after winning the toss and their calculated risk worked well.

Kohli said, “Especially after winning the toss and bowling first, that effort was required. We don’t really understand the Duckworth Lewis method. After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something. 48 was tricky.”

With every combination working out quite well for India in the ongoing series, the skipper praised his players and team management for picking up the perfect blend for different formats. He said, “It’s been a combined effort of the players, but also the management group who have given great ideas. Picking specialist players for formats, picking mystery bowlers, giving them confidence.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were at it again as the duo picked up three wickets for 45 runs. Praising them, Kohli said, “They can give runs in one game, but they will always hit back. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been brilliant in limited-overs lately. You need to be able to execute the yorkers and slower balls and you need skill.”

However, the main highlight of the game was definitely the young Kuldeep Yadav, once again, who picked up two wickets giving only 16 runs from four overs. Speaking after the game, the chinaman bowler said, “First couple of balls, I saw what he was doing, later on I set him up for the sweep shot. So, I knew he wasn’t going to hit me over mid-off, so I planned that overpitched ball to bowl him.”

“Always think about wickets, that’s all that matters for me and the team. Getting more confidence day by day, game by game,” Yadav added.

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