India’s batsmen didn’t try to control the game in Hamilton: Madan Lal

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first_imgIndia’s batsmen didn’t try to control the game in Hamilton: Madan LalIndia vs New Zealand: India, who collapsed to their lowest ODI total in New Zealand, suffered a crushing defeat against Kane Williamson’s team in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 23:27 IST Dinesh Karthik was out for a duck in the Hamilton ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia suffered a crushing 8-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the fourth ODI on ThursdayMadan Lal said Virat Kohli was missed during the fourth ODIIndia and New Zealand play the final ODI of the 5-match series in Wellington on SundayFormer India criketer Madal Lal was clearly not impressed with the way Indian batsmen applied themselves in the fourth one day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Thursday. India were bundled out for 92 in the match, collapsing to their lowest ever ODI total in New Zealand.New Zealand paceman Trent Boult bowled 10 overs at a stretch and ran through India’s batting order in swing-friendly conditions to finish with 5 for 21. Chasing 93 for a win, New Zealand overhauled the target with 8 wickets in hand and 212 deliveries to spare.Madan Lal said Virat Kohli was missed during the fourth ODI.”Maybe there were only a couple of players who got out because of swing. What happened with our players that they did not see the scoreboard. What Virat Kohli does is he keeps the scores in mind and then takes the game forward. He plays patiently and tries to score runs without hitting in the air. That helps him control the game,” Madan Lal told Sports Tak.Madan Lal said it was a missed opportunity for the Indian middle-order batsmen and they failed to control the game.”Not a single batsman tried to control the game. He [Kohli] was definitely missed. When a player of his stature is not there in the team, it becomes very difficult to fill that slot. Our openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have scored runs and have also won us matches. Our middle order should have controlled the game because they had a good opportunity.”Madan Lal also hopeful of MS Dhoni’s return to the playing XI in the final ODI and said India must get back to winning ways.advertisement”MS Dhoni is likely to comeback in the side for the final ODI. He has not played two matches and I think he must have recovered from his injury by now. His experience is needed. We’ll have to see who goes out… Dinesh Karthik or Shubman Gill,” he said.”We expected 5-0 win for India. India must win the 5th ODI and 4-1 will look much better than 3-2.”After the ODI series, India and New Zealand play a three-match Twenty20 International series from February 6.Also Read | Don’t be sad, 7 runs do not mean much: Cheteshwar Pujara’s father told him after Sydney 193Also Read | India’s middle-order batsmen missed a terrific opportunity in Hamilton: Sunil GavakarAlso Read | India don’t want to be dependent on Virat Kohli all the time: Bhuvneshwar KumarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Madan Lallast_img

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