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India vs Australia First ODI: Analysis of India’s defeat

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  • Bumrah-Chahal’s magic did not work
  • Bowlers fail for fourth consecutive ODI
  • Australia beats every department

Australia beat India by 66 runs in the first ODI played in Sydney. Australia scored the largest total (374 runs) in front of India thanks to centuries by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. The batsmen of the host team beat the Indian bowlers fiercely. This is the fourth consecutive time the Indian team could not take a wicket in the power-play.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah conceded 73 runs in 10 overs. While India’s chief spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took a record 89 runs in 10 overs. Australia defeated Team India in almost every department.

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Team India’s bowler failed in fourth consecutive match

Second highest wicket taker of IPL 2020, Jasprit Bumrah’s performance was disappointing in the match. After recovering from lower back injury last year, he has not done much in ODIs. He has played 7 ODIs so far in 2020, taking 2 wickets at an average of 180.00. Whereas, in 2019, he took 25 wickets in 14 ODIs at an average of 24.60. At the same time, in 2018, he took 22 wickets in 13 ODIs at an average of 16.64.

Bumrah was expected to bring wickets to Team India in the power-play. But they failed to do so. In the fourth consecutive match, the Indian team could not dismiss a single batsman of the opposition team in the power-play. Earlier in January-February, Indian bowlers were unable to take a single wicket in the power-play on the New Zealand Tour. This was the reason that the Australian team made the highest total in the match.

Aaron Finch and David Warner continue to form against India

Finch and Warner partnered 156 runs for the first wicket in this match. Due to this, the incoming batsmen did not find it difficult to score runs and Australia gave such a big target. Both of them have scored 3,496 runs for the first wicket in ODIs at an average of 51.41 in 69 innings so far. He has scored one-third of his runs against India. Against India, both of them have scored 1,148 runs for the first wicket at an average of 95.66.

Both of them have shared a total of 11 centuries in ODIs so far. Out of which 4 times (187, 231, 258 not out and 156) have been against India. Both of their records against India are excellent. Finch has scored 1,325 runs in 30 ODIs against India at an average of 47.32. However, Warner has scored 947 runs in 20 ODIs at an average of 50.38.

In the first ODI, once again these two batsmen took the test of Indian bowlers fiercely. Warner scored 69 off 76 balls. At the same time, Finch scored 114 off 124 balls. India currently has no break between these two.

The fear of short ball continues in Indian batsmen

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood troubled the Indian batsmen with a short ball. As a result, they took the wicket of Team India with 3 wickets and chased the target of 375 runs. He took the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, captain Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer on short pitch deliveries.

Sanjay Manjrekar also said in the analysis during the match that the pitch bounced like a tennis ball. The ball came at a higher height than Mayank and Kohli had expected. Hazelwood’s short pitch ball put Mayank’s top edge and was caught by Glenn Maxwell.

At the same time, Kohli wanted to pull Hazlewood’s short pitch ball. The ball was caught by Aaron Finch standing on short mid-wicket. Shreyas Iyer could not play the short pitch ball and he took a simple catch to the wicketkeeper.

India’s main spinner failed

Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 89 runs in his 10-over quota and took a wicket. He became the highest Indian spinner to score the most runs in a match. Even before this record was his name. The bowler of spin bowling, considered an important link of Indian spin, was on Chahal in this match, but he disappointed.

Even before this match, he has played a match in Australia. In which he took 6 wickets for 42 runs. They failed to repeat that performance. Chahal has played 3 matches in 2020, taking 7 wickets at an average of around 18. While he has played a total of 8 matches against Australia and has taken 15 wickets.

Indian bowlers failed against Australia

The Australian batsmen beat up all the Indian bowlers except Mohammed Shami. 4 bowlers from India, Navdeep Saini, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal gave over 60 runs in their 10-over spell.

This is the second time in ODIs that 4 bowlers of India have given 60 or more runs after throwing all the overs of their quota. Earlier in 2018, four bowlers from India gave more than 60 runs in their quota of 10-10 overs against West Indies in Guwahati.

Yuzvendra Chahal took just one wicket for 89 runs in 10 overs. While Jaspreet Bumrah took one wicket for 73 runs in 10 overs. Navdeep Saini also took 83 runs in his 10 overs with an economy of 8.3 and took just one wicket. Jadeja gave 63 runs in 10 overs and did not get any wickets.

India missed the 6th bowler

All five of India’s bowlers were beaten fiercely in the match. Also the team missed the 6th bowler. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni always preferred part time bowlers in the team. He used to bowl to Kedar Jadhav, sometimes to Ambati Rayudu.

Apart from 5 main bowlers in the current playing XI, Hardik Pandya was the only player who could bowl. However, he has not been bowling for some time due to injury. He also did not bowl in the IPL. After losing the first one-day, Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke of the lack of 6th bowler in the team.

Kohli said that unfortunately Hardik Pandya is not fully fit to bowl right now and we have no other all-round option like Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. In such a situation, the Indian team will have to look for the 6th bowling option in further matches.

Pandya was given preference over Pandey

The only good thing from the Indian point of view in the first ODI is the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya. Pandya with his superb batting proved why he was preferred by captain Kohli over Manish Pandey. Dhawan and Pandya also continued their IPL form against Australia. Dhawan scored 74 off 86 balls. While Pandya smashed 90 runs off 76 balls.

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