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Bowlers should have defended 152 runs vs Pakistan: India bowling coach Bharat Arun

India bowling coach Bharat Arun has accepted that the team could have done better in their opening match of the T20 World Cup 2021 against Pakistan.

The bowling coach said that bowlers should have defended 152 runs but were below par as Pakistan chased down the target with 10 wickets remaining.

India will play their last group match of the tournament against Namibia on Monday but and they are dependent on Afghanistan winning against New Zealand too keep semifinal hopes alive.

“I am not trying to give any excuses. This World Cup, the trend has been that the team which wins the toss has a big advantage, especially when you are playing in the Dubai Stadium. So, the wicket kind of eases out as when you come out to bowl for the second time.

“It’s no excuses. We should have done better. We should have batted better. Also, in the first match, we had a chance to defend our total but we looked a little below par,” said Arun in the pre-match press conference on Sunday.

Asked about the absence of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from India’s squad in the tournament, Arun didn’t say much.

“I think that is for the selectors to decide. We can only play with the team given to us. I wouldn’t like to dwell too much on that.”

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