Australia Vs India ODI series .
Third Match Played at Bangalore
India 289/3 (Rohit Sharma 116, Virat Kohli 89, SS Iyer 44*, AC Ager 1/38, A Zampa 1/44 ) beat Australia 286/9 ( S Smith 131, M Labuschagne 54, AT Carey 35, M Sami 4/63, R Jadeja 2/44) by 7 wickets .
India Won the Series : 2-1
Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma
Player of The Series : Virat Kohli.
Hot form Shikhar Dhawan missed out none performed all-rounder’s duty for them, yet India measuring depth of strong Australian attack well and adjusting their game to the situation craftily cruised to series win defeating Australia in the deciding third ODI at Bangalore by 7 wickets. Virat Kohli’s army won yet another frontier. Strong Australia after winning the first ODI at Mumbai had to digest back loses at Rajkot and Bangalore conceding the series (1-2).
India’s big guns Rohit, Shikhar, Virat and Rahul delivered with the bat whenever required. Apart from Smith others in Australian team looked inconsistent. Warner and Flinch looked in great touch in match one but failed to carry on consistently. India’s bowling had more depth and diversity. The main weapons of Australian attack Starc and Cummins looked toothless. All these contributed to India winning the series comfortably by 2-1.
The fumes and flair of the mouth watering contest between the two evenly matched top ICC ranked teams were made one sided by rollicking Rohit Sharma (another swashbuckling century), Vintage Kohli ( 89) and Mohammad Sami ( 4/63) led Indian attack proving superior to Australians. Team India (289/3) won big the third and deciding ODI at Bangalore by 7 wickets chasing making it 2-1. It may be noted that India lost the first ODI at Wankhede by 10 wickets and bounced back in the second disposing off the visitors by 36 runs.
VK lost toss in all three matches. Flinch for change opted to bat on a slow wicket lending some assistance to the openers. Danger man David Warner was picked up Sami bowling fast in right channel in the fourth over before he could set root. The mission recovery by Smith and Flinch was rocked by a terrible miscommunication between the two. Flinch ran himself out scoring 19. Smith had his feet in the ground by then. Once again prolific Smith and new batting champion Labuschagne combined sweetly in laying the solid foundation of Australin Innings. Scoring runs against quality attck of Sami, Bumra, Jadeja required Smith taking out all his brilliance out of his cap. He looked solid in defense and elegant in aggression. The 117 third wicket partnership started showing dreams. But Jadeja bowling tight removed Labuschagne at the right moment. Starc sent in as pinch hitter failed to read Jadeja. Back to back wicket at crunch stage put Australia to back foot. Yet Smith carried out the fight. Australian middle order however does not have the quality to challenge diverse and talented Indian bowling. The innings could spread wings only for the effervescence of Sizzling Smith. His run a ball 131 led Australia posting 288/9 on a wicket which appeared at least 30 runs less . None but Carey could stay with champion Australian batsmen longer at the wicket. Sami (4/63) proved a difficult bowler dealing with . Australin tail had no clue. Bumrah also bowled with purpose and set his bearings well giving away only 35 runs in his 10 overs spell. Jadeja (2/44) did the most important work breaking the vital partnership of Smith and Labuschagne.
Indian chase Rohit Rohit in full flow right from the outset. Rahul had to be brought back in opening spot as inform Shikhar was ruled out for the match through injury. Rahul batted in three different positions in three Odis – a bit challenging for a budding genius. He fell a bit early bringing in two champions Rohit and Kohli together for a splendid batting display. When in full cry in their own contrasting style perhaps good spirits from the outer world stand up to applaud. Australian attack really lost idea in containing two master craftsman. Rohit raced to his century (116) before failing to Zampa. The second wicket pair (117) batting aggressively took the match away from the visitors. Kohli lost his wicket to Hazzlewood at 89. Young Iyer (44*) put the finishing task taking India over and across with 15 balls to spare. India won the series (2-1).
Australian bowlers failed to adjust with the condition. Starc and Cummins provided space to champion Indian batsmen outside their off stumps feeding their strokes play. None other than Zampa looked like getting wickets. Australia needs quality spinners and some quality all rounder for challenging teams like India. Australian pace attack was predictable .Excepting the first ODI they looked pretty ordinary.
Perhaps Australia could have done better bowling fast and chasing.
In conclusion we must say India is far better equipped team now in all condition. Australia had to carry out lot of soul searching.
BDST: 1230 HRS, JAN 20, 2020