INDIA won its third ODI against Australia by 13 runs and avoided whitewashing the series. This was India’s first victory after five consecutive ODI defeats.
India took advantage of the unavailability of openers David Warner, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc as Australia rested them in the final ODI.
This was the first victory of the Australian team in the ODI series against Pakistan since 2016-17. This was Australia’s last ODI series at home this year. The next ODI series is a short trip to the West Indies in mid-2021.
With the series win, the Australian ICC men’s cricket team topped the rankings. Australia scored 40 points while India won the last game with 9 points.
The Aussies had beaten England 2-1 in their previous 13-team championship series. England are second in the points table with 30 points.
The excellent performance of the Australian top order was the biggest reason for Australia’s victory. Aaron Finch and David Warner scored more than 400 runs in their three partnerships.
Only the hard-hitting openers have four centuries this year (three out of three matches in the SCG).
Man of the Series Steven Smith was the main difference between the two teams and it was proved in the third ODI when Australia lost when Smith failed to score big. Smith had scored centuries in the first two ODIs.
Glenn Maxwell, one of the most aggressive batsmen of modern times, played a key role in the home side victories. In three matches, he scored 167 runs at an average of 83.50 and an incredible strike rate of 194.18. In the last six ODI innings, he scored 353 runs at 70.6 and a strike rate of 148.41.
Surprisingly, the Australian fast bowlers did not deliver as expected. It was one of the worst series for fast bowler Ler Mitchell Starc as he took just one wicket in two matches, scoring 147 runs with an unexpected high economy rate of 8.16.
It was league spinner Adam Zampa who survived with the help of the team when the fast bowlers did not deliver as expected. He was Australia’s most successful bowler in the series with seven wickets.
On the other hand, it was bowling that led to India’s defeat in the first two ODIs. In the first two games, India scored 374 and 389, leaving an unrealistic target to chase their batsmen against the strong part of the house.
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The problem facing India is that their fast bowlers are failing to strike in the early overs. Prior to the third ODI against Australia, the Indian bowlers had taken just three power play wickets in eight ODIs this year.
Since the start of last year, only Scotland and Bangladesh have been worse than India’s bowling average of over 51.52 in the first ten overs. India have played more ODIs than any other team during this period. Out of 36 innings of bowling, he has been less than 15 wickets in the power play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence also hurt India. Bhubaneswar has played 19 out of 36 matches since 2019. In 17 matches that were not part of Kumar’s, India took only eight wickets in the power play.
On flat pitches – which is common in ODIs. India has a lot of holes: a fast bowler, an attacking bowler who can take a wicket or two immediately.
In the middle overs, respectively, thanks to the magic of the wrist spin duo of Yuzwinder Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India became the best ODI team in recent years. Out of the 27 ODIs played by Bhuvneshwar, Chahal and Yadav together, India have won 20.
After the series defeat against Australia, both India captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain KL Rahul conceded that the team needed to improve on flat batting wickets.
In the third ODI, Indian captain Virat Kohli completed his 12,000 ODI runs. He has scored 43 centuries and 60 half-centuries at an average of 59.48 and a strike rate of 93.38.
Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach this milestone. He did so in just 242 innings, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar, who played 300 matches to get there. Kohli is only the sixth player to reach the milestone. The other five include Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 in 463 ODIs), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234 in 404 ODIs), Ricky Ponting (13,704 in 375 ODIs) and Sanath Jayasuriya (135 in 445 ODIs). , 430) and Mahela Jayawardene (12,650 in 448 ODIs).
Australian captain Aaron Finch was the leading scorer in the ODI series with 249 runs, including 102 half-centuries (average 83 and strike rate over 90). Player of the series Steven Smith scored 216 runs at an average of 72.
For India, Hardik Pandya was the most successful batsman with 210 runs at an average of 105 with the help of two half-centuries.
Australian spinner Adam Zampa took seven wickets at an average of 23. For India, Mohammad Shami and Bumra took four wickets at an average of 33 and 48.75 respectively.