Monday, October 14, 2013

Bailey & Team beat India by 72 runs and go 1+ in ODI series

Indian bowlers failed to deliver on a flat wicket and their batsmen struggled against short-pitched ball. These two factors resulted in MS Dhoni’s men going down to Australia by 72 runs in the first of the seven-match ODI series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association ground, in Pune on Sunday. For the record, India have never chased over 300 successfully against the Aussies.

Riding on an opening 110-run partnership between Aaron Finch (72) and Phil Hughes (47), Australia were on their way to a strong total after Bailey won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. The captain himself made use of the opportunities with a punishing 82-ball 85 (10x4s) that helped the visitors score in excess of 300.

Later, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay and James Faulkner exploited the Indian batters’ weakness against short balls, bowling them out for 232 in 49.4 overs.

The Indian bowlers gave away runs aplenty, with the pace duo of Ishant Sharma (1/56) and R Vinay Kumar (1/68) proving very expensive, especially at the death.

“If you look at the pattern, all teams with wickets in hand will go for big shots in the slog overs. It’s important we should not give more runs with the new balls and take a few wickets to maintain the pressure in middle overs,” Dhoni said after the match.

However, he conceded that the team’s performance was below the standard. “I don’t want to name individuals but we were not up to the mark in the bowling as well batting departments. We lost wickets at the wrong time. While chasing 300-plus, you need to convert your 40s and 50s into big totals. That didn’t happen today,”he said.

Except the 71-run third-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, the Indian batsmen surrendered tamely to the Australian attack. After Shikhar Dhawan (7) got out cheaply, Rohit Sharma played some attacking shots, scoring 42 off 47 balls. However, the required run rate was rising above seven per over. India’s mighty batting line-up faltered under pressure and failed to read Faulkner’s bowling (3/47).

Johnson took the key wicket of Yuvraj Singh (7) but Kohli and Raina managed to steady the ship by keeping the scoreboard ticking. However, the strategy of successive short balls paid off for the Australians, as Kohli lost his wicket while going for a big hit. His innings of 61 from 85 deliveries consisted of six boundaries. With Kohli’s dismissal fell India’s chances as Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were a pale shadow of their normal selves.

When Australia batted, Yuvraj — the bowler — was the sacing grace. The 2011 World Cup star was introduced in the 20th over and got the prized wicket of Shane Watson (2) off his first delivery. 

He went on to scalp Finch while also effecting a run out through a direct hit to dismiss Adam Voges.

Source : DNA

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