India lost the first of the two T20 matches scheduled against Pakistan at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore thus putting an end to their chances of winning the T20 series. So, the second T20 match at Ahmedabad on 28 December 2012 is going to be a do or die situation for India.
The much talked about Indian batting line up needs to stand up and be counted against the Pakistanis, which they did not in the first T20, where the middle order fell like a pack of cards. Only their openers, Gautam Gambhir
and Ajinkya Rahane, were amongst the runs, with 43 and 42 runs respectively. The Indian team were required to capitalise on the start that the openers provided, but they failed miserably. A similar performance would only lead to another loss.
But, the Indian bowlers who are most often or not the reason for India's losses, went down fighting in the first game, so they would be a confident bunch in the second T20, especially the new ball bowler, B Kumar, who swung the ball brilliantly to take early wickets. It is good news for Indian cricket, who has always been short of good bowlers. Rest of the bowlers also needs to bowl well as they did in the first T20 and the batsmen also needs to score some runs, if India are to turn out victorious.
Pakistan, after having outplayed the Indians, would like to wrap the series after their fine display in the first match. In fact, it was their bowling, which helped Pakistan win the match. None of their bowlers conceded more than 26 runs from their bowling spells, which was anticipated, as they have some of the best bowlers in world
cricket namely Umar Gul, Afridi, and Saeed Ajmal. Another run through the Indian middle order would shut the door for an Indian victory.
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez looked in great touch while batting and looks in good shape to perform once again at Ahmedabad, which the Indians do not want. The better the Pakistani batsmen perform, lesser the chances of an Indian win. The Pakistan team have depth in their batting line up, which allows their batsmen to play freely. Imagine a player like Afridi coming in at number 7. He can create havoc with the bat as well.
If India wins this match, it is going to be for the second straight T20 series that India would share the T20 trophy with their opponents. India drew the T20 series against England as well, 1-1, just before the Indo- Pak T20 series.