Indian fans are used to seeing high-scoring ODI matches where the totals tend to cross the 300 mark on a regular basis as the pitches are completely one sided. While it is exciting to see the ball being hit to all parts of the ground, the unfair contest between bat and ball does not provide fans with nail biting finishes.
The first two ODI matches between India and Australia have been low scorers but thrillers and Indians fans have thoroughly enjoyed them as the men in blue have come out on the winning side on both occasions to take a 2-0 series lead.
Kohli Hundred Takes India To 250
India batted first and it did not take long for both openers to be back in the pavilion. S Dhawan’s form has been poor and the selectors might be tempted to test out KL Rahul given the fact that there are just 3 more ODI matches before the 2019 World Cup. Once the ODI series is through, it is time for the IPL.
It was left to captain Kohli to stabilize the innings and take India to a decent total. Kohli notched up his 40th ODI century and showed his class yet again scoring 116 at a strike rate of 96.66. He received good support from all-rounder V Shankar who looked good making 46 from 41 balls before he was run out.
The lower order collapsed quickly and India were bowled out for 250 with 10 balls to spare.
Death Bowling Wins India The Match
Captain A Finch who has had a torrid time with the bat, finally found some form and made 37. He was well supported at the top of the order by U Khawaja who made 38 from 37 balls to give Australia the momentum.
The Indian spinners arrested that momentum as R Jadeja and K Jadhav bowled tightly to restrict the scoring while K Yadav once again picked up 3 crucial wickets to keep India in the game.
P Handscomb and M Stoinis put together a partnership that looked to take away the game from India but a brilliant run-out by R Jadeja saw Handscomb depart. J Bumrah sent down his last 6 overs for 10 runs and in his 9th over picked up two crucial wickets to cause flutters in the Australian camp.
Kohli was forced to use his frontline seamers to keep India in the game. As a result, V Shankar had to bowl the final over with Australia needing 11 runs to win with two wickets in hand. Shankar got the dangerous Stoinis with his first ball and cleaned up A Zampa with this third ball to give India a fantastic victory.
The third ODI will take place on March 8 in Ranchi – MS Dhoni’s hometown!