The first match between Australia and India became a show of big batting knocks. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first in SCG stadium where they set a huge target of 375 but India succeeded to score only 308 runs in 50 overs. Surely it was not a good day for India and not the type of start to the campaign downunder that Kohli & Co. would have hoped for. We have observed the game and churned five such points or aspects where India probably lost match.
- India missed Rohit :
India surely missed Rohit Sharma who is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.Where there was a target of 375 Rohit definitely could become an additional hope in the batting line up.
Mayank Agarwal who replaced Rohit in this ODI series introducted himself with a strong mindset but failed to convert it in a good inning. However his opening partner Dhawan played a good knock of 74 runs out of 86 balls keeping India’s hopes alive in the match. But there is no doubt that Rohit’s unavailability surely cost India in their first ODI match of the series.
2. Opening Partnership of Australia :
Opening partnerships always have a huge importance in posing big totals and imposing pressure on the opponents.
Australia generated a 150+ opening partnership via the tried and tested pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch which actually nipped the match in the bud. Warner made tremendous 69 runs out of 76 balls and Aaron Finch donated 87 runs in that opening partnership which he converted to a century of 114 runs. This left an immense effect on the Indian bowling. The big opening partnership enabled Smith and other middle order batsmen to play their normal game without pressure while on the other hand the Indian bowlers seemed falling short of clues.
3. Poor fielding from India:
Both the teams showed a very poor version of fielding in today’s match to be precise which is quite unexpected. It was looking very ugly to see this type mistakes and missfields in this T-20 era but surely such fielding standards cost India more than the Aussies in the campaign opener. Steve Smith who scored his fastest century in his ODI career was dropped twice by Dhawan when he was in his thirties. Shreyas Iyer missed a simple catch of Maxwell at mid on. Later Maxwell added 45 runs in just 19 balls which pretty much took the total out of the Blues’ reach.
4. Collapse of the top order:
Despite a good start from Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal, India lost 4 wickets in just 13 overs.
Hazlewood bowled a great spell and took three out of those first four wickets. Virat Kohli was dropped by Zampa but he failed to take it’s benefit like his Aussie counterpart and got out by Hazlewood within the next two overs with a easy catch in fifteen yards of the pitch. It also became very clear that Shreyas Iyer has still many things to learn especially in the highest level of the game. He lost his wicket in the next ball after Kohli’s departure leading India into a crisis.
5. Steve Smith’s outstanding knock:
No one can disagree that today Steve Smith single handedly stole the match from India. He played a fiery inning of 105 out of 66 balls which is the third fastest century by an Australian in ODIs. Ever since he came to the pitch his partners came and went but he stood firm on the pitch. His valuable innings came to an end when Shami bowled him with a yorker on the last over but it proved to be too late by then.
The second ODI match is going to take place in SCG stadium on 29th November, Sunday and Kohli & Co. will surely have to up their game and do their homework better if they want to achieve something positive in this series.