Australia captain Pat Cummins has expressed his disappointment over his team failing to capitalise on their strong position in the recently-concluded second Test against India in Delhi.
Team India, on Sunday (February 19), thrashed the visitors by 6 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 4-match series. The win has also helped India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth time in a row. India have won the last three Test series against Australia and are on course to win the fourth one.
Unlike the first Test, Australia did display a good fight in Delhi. On a number of occasions, the visitors were even ahead of India but just could not capitalise on those chances. And the failure to capitalise on those chances saw them lose the second Test inside three days too.
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Pat Cummins on loss in Delhi Test:
Australia were comfortably placed at 61 for 1 in their second innings when day 3 began. A good batting performance would have firmly put them on top in Delhi but they just could not make the most of their good position.
Australia suffered yet another inexplicable collapse to lose their remaining 9 wickets inside the first session and were all out for just 113. In reply, the hosts chased down the total inside 27 overs by losing 4 wickets.
Speaking at the end of the game, Pat Cummins pointed out that his team did let a good position slip away. He also mentioned that his team has performed in a disappointing manner in the first two Tests.
“I thought 260 was a decent score in the first innings. The guys bounced back well. But India batted well, just 1-2 partnerships and you can get to that 260 mark quite easily. In the innings break, it was all even. Disappointed, we were ahead of the game but we slipped,” said Pat Cummins.
“We need a review on what could have been done different. Everyone controls their own game, some balls just have your name. But we need a review on the shot choice, did we do things right? Both games were disappointing, this one in particular. We were ahead in the game and that doesn’t happen often in India. This loss hurts,” he added.
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