India’s trend to lose the first match of the series might continue against Australia as well as they have been hammered to smithereens by the likes of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and David Warner in the first ODI here at Sydney.
India need 375 runs in their 50 overs to go 1-nil up in the series but they have put themselves in the worst possible situation at the moment. Indian top order fell prey to Josh Hazelwood’s immaculate line and length but Shikhar Dhawan has taken the responsibility of batting through the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan is the only batsmen from India’s top 4 to have scored over 30 runs. Unfortunately, he has been let down by other batsmen around him. He along with Mayank Agarwal started off with a bang in the powerplay but the regular wickets pegged back Indian run chase big time.
In the penultimate ball in the 16th over of the Indian batting innings, Adam Zampa bowled a very good ball that cramped Shikhar Dhawan for room which the southpaw almost chopped on to stumps until he got saved by his presence of mind.
Indian bowlers were handled with ease by the strong Australian batting lineup. Though, India played their best possible bowlers in this game, it was one of those days for the Indians where nothing went their way. Also, dropping catches didn’t help their cause as well.
The ever reliable Yuzvendra Chahal was taken apart for 89 runs in his 10 overs quota which turned out to be his expensive spell in his ODI career. He picked just a solitary wicket of Marcus Stoinis.
It was expected that Jasprit Bumrah would finally comeback to his beast mode in the international arena after a stellar IPL but he was disappointing as he gave away 73 runs in 10 overs. Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with figures of 10 overs for 59 runs and 3 wickets.
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