Australia beat India by 66 runs and took a 1-0 lead in their ongoing three-match India-Australia ODI series on Friday. The home team gave a target of 375 after winning the toss. In response, Indian team finished their innings at 308 in 50 overs. Hardik Pandya tried to anchor the chase but succumbed at 90 due to the rising required rate.
The second-best team in the One-day format did not look like a top side. Players were sloppy, rusty in the field and skipper Kohli seconds the fact. “Got enough time to prepare. Don’t think there can be any excuses. “Probably the first long game we’ve played in a while, been playing T20 cricket. Probably that’s something that can have an effect. Body language wasn’t great after around 25 overs. If you don’t take your chances against top-quality opposition, they’ll make you pay.” Said Virat Kohli in the post-match ceremony.
England’s veteran cricketer Michael Vaughan also reiterated the fact about the team’s body language. “India’s over rate is appalling …!!! Body language defensive … fielding is my standard (shocking) … Bowling ordinary !!!” Aussies on the other hand have been outstanding … Long tour for India I think,” he tweeted.
India’s over rate is appalling … !!! Body language defensive … fielding is my standard (shocking) … Bowling ordinary !!! Aussies on the other hand have been outstanding … Long tour for India me thinks … #AUSvIND @FoxCricket @cricbuzz !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 27, 2020
India certainly needs to buckle up before the Aussies put themselves in a much more dominant position. The second ODI of the three-match series will be played on November 29 at the SCG.
India was playing the match with only 5 bowlers. According to cricket experts, the team is missing Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance. Pandya has been handy with the ball in the middle overs. The lack of a sixth bowler was visible with Hardik Pandya still unable to bowl due to the risk it exposes his back to. “Unfortunately, Hardik is not fit enough to bowl, and we don’t have other all-round options to pick from either, someone like Stoinis or Maxwell,” Kohli said.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is going through bad form this year in the international matches. The last time Bumrah took a wicket was in January when the Indian team was playing against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Rajkot. His average is above 30 in the year 2020. Nobody can put a finger on his performance because of his ability to outfox the batsmen with his lethal bowling. But, the second-best ODI bowler has to deliver his best in the next game on Sunday.
Since the ICC World Cup in 2019, India has played three ODI series. The first came in August 2019 against West Indies, the others came in 2020 against Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Team India’s defeat on Friday was their 6th straight loss across formats in international cricket, an event that took place first time in 17 years. Prior to the loss against Australia, India lost three ODIs and two Tests against New Zealand in January. The previous time India lost six or more international matches in a row was in 2002-2003.
Hardik Pandya smashed 90 runs and helped the team to put a respectable total in the first game. He also became the fastest Indian batsman to amass 1000 ODI runs. He took 857 balls to reach the milestone.
Yuzvendra Chahal has registered an unwarranted record to his name as he became the Indian spinner to concede most runs in an ODI. He gave away 89 runs in his 10 overs and took 1 wicket. Bhuveneshwar Kumar tops the chart of conceding most runs by an Indian bowler in ODIs, having leaked 106 runs against South Africa in 2015.