The resurgent Australian team came back from being 2-0 down to win the ODI series on the Indian soil. This victory has boosted their confidence and also planted seeds of tension in the Indian camp.
Having elected to bat first, Australia put up a big target of 272 for the home team, thanks to Khwaja’s another impressive inning of 100 runs in 106 balls and Handscomb’s 52 runs in 60 balls.
The hosts, on the other hand, lost their track right from the start, giving away few early wickets. Rohit Sharma tried to take India home but was dismissed by Zampa at a score of 56 runs. But had it not been for Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the home side could have lost by quite a margin.
With that in mind, let us a look at the three takeaways from the 5th ODI between India and Australia:
#1 Indian Bowling In the Death Overs :
Indian bowlers’ struggle at death has been quite common lately. In the 5th and final ODI of India-Australia bilateral series, both the Indian bowlers, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, gave away a lot of runs in the final overs.
In the last four overs, Australia scored 42 runs that too with Richardson and Cummins on the crease. Bumrah has been India’s death over specialist but went for 25 in his last two overs. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also not been able to perform the same since he has come back from injury.
With the World Cup not far away, this is a matter of pressing concern and need to be tackled by the management.
#2 Khawaja and Zampa- Key To the Victory:
Usman Khwaja has been around the Australian cricketing circuit for the past few years. However, He has never been able to establish himself as an essential part of the Australian side.
With his performance in this series, he has undoubtedly grabbed everybody’s attention. With three consecutive 90+ scores, Khwaja was named as the Man Of The Series.
Now Talking about Adam Zampa, who has an excellent IPL record but is yet to mark his presence in International cricket. He took 11 wickets in the 5 ODI’s and played a vital role in the final ODI.
Zampa knocked off Rohit Sharma today which took the game away from the hands of the Indians, surely establishing him well in the side.
These two have been great in this series and will be one of the most anticipated players for the upcoming World Cup.
#3 Inconsistent Indian Middle Order :
Like many a time before, the hosts’ middle order failed miserably. Players get starts in the matches but are not able to convert them into big scores.
When you are the number one chasing side in the world you can’t just rely on a couple of players and the middle order has to be strong.
In the past few months, several names have been thrown into the middle order hat. However, none of them has inspired any confidence.
In my point of view, instead of trying so many options, the Indian team should give more chances to a few talented players and trust them. It will boost their confidence and help them showcase their A game.