Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 08:00 AM GMT Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
It was expected that Australia would give India a strong fight in the 3-match ODI series. However, no one saw India being beaten so comprehensively at their own home. In the first match of the series itself, Australia made a statement by demolishing India by 10 wickets. The Aaron Finch-led side produced a clinical display and simply didn’t allow India any room to fight back at any stage.
Australia are looking ruthless and balanced in all departments while India is yet again looking confused and scratchy. This doesn’t bode well for the home team and they would really need to up their ante for the 2nd ODI at Rajkot in January 17.
In the first ODI, Team India yet again batted too conservatively and without any direction which eventually cost them. While India had a 121-run partnership for the 2nd wicket between Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47), the two never showed urgency. Skipper Virat Kohli’s move to bat at No.4 backfired as he couldn’t make an impact and the lower-order failed again with Rishabh Pant wasting another opportunity.
India’s bowling was even worse as none of them could snare any wicket and Australia chased down the target of 256 in just 37.4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah has looked off-color since his return and Shardul Thakur was completely listless against the quality of the batting. Ravindra Jadeja yet again remained ineffective and Kuldeep Yadav couldn’t trouble the Aussie openers either. These are worrying signs for India.
Australia put up the most clinical display and were thorough in all the departments. Their bowling attack showed why they are the best with seamers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson picking wickets on regular intervals and restricting India to a modest total on a good pitch. Even leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled well.
Their batting was completely dominated by the twin unbeaten hundreds by openers David Warner (128*) and Aaron Finch (110*). It was expected that the Aussie will give a serious challenge to the Indian bowlers and expect them to continue this in the remainder of the series. With batsmen like Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith and Alex Carey waiting, the Indian bowling unit would have another huge task on their hands in the 2nd ODI.
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Australia have now won 4 ODIs in a row against India in India. The way they have gelled so easily in the first game itself of this series should raise alarm bells in the Indian camp who would need to really produce a special team game if they can stop this strong Aussie side.
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot is the venue of the 2nd ODI between the two teams. The pitch here is good for batting and in just two ODIs here scores of 300-plus have already been achieved twice with England’s 325-4 being the highest one. The surface does assists seamers and spinners in the middle overs and the team batting first would like to put up a total of 280-300 at least.
Australia looks too strong right now, despite playing away from home. Team India looks scratchy and confused about their lineup once again. Their biggest hope right now is Kohli and Rohit Sharma creating some magic. It is advantage Australia for the 2nd ODI and back them to win the match and the series.