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Pant shows poor skill, collects ball in front of stumps

Rajkot, Nov 7 (IANS) Rishabh Pant’s woes continued unabated as the young India stumper collected the ball in front of the stumps and thereby let go of an easy stumping opportunity in the second T20I against Bangladesh on Thursday.

In the sixth over of the Bangladesh innings, a tossed up Yuzvendra Chahal delivery beat Liton Das all ends up as he went down the track to take the aerial route.

The batsman failed to make any contact and Pant whipped off the bails but only for replays to show that the 22-year had left a little part of his gloves ahead of the stumps while collecting the ball.

It was, therefore, called 1a no-ball and the visitors got a free hit off which Liton hit two back-to-back to add salt to India’s wounds. Bangladesh raced to 54/0 after six overs.

Pant made amends by running Das out for 29 in the 8th over.

In the first rubber, which India lost by seven wickets, Pant was involved in couple of wrong decisions in the match.

Firstly, poor running between the wickets by Pant costed the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan and secondly, India lost a review at a crucial point because Pant believed there was an edge. However, there wasn’t any.

In the 10th over of Bangladesh’s innings, Pant convinced stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma to go for a DRS for the crucial wicket of Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar but it turned out to be a wrong call. The review showed a flat line as ball went past the bat.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who remained unbeaten on 60 and guided his side to a maiden T20I victory over the Men in Blue, missed a delivery and was struck before the leg-stump. Rohit should have gone for a review however, he didn’t.

–IANS

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