India lost yet another match in Australia. In the fourth match of the Victoria Beer series at Manuka Oval, Canberra, India lost a humdinger of a match as India from a comfortable position India lost the match by 25 runs. Australia, batting first, scored 348. India in reply started well but emerged shot to 25 runs as they suffered a big collapse.
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Indian opener has been in prolific form. He has scored two back to back to hundred in the first two ODIs, but both have gone in vain as India lost the matches. In the Canberra ODI Rohit Sharma chasing the 349 give India a good start. He and Shikhar Dhawan scored 65 for the first wicket. But, Rohit was caught behind the wicket after edging behind the wicket to an outside leg stump delivery. He scored 41 off 25 balls with three six and two boundaries.
This left-handed batsman has back in form. In the last match he has scored 65 and in the Canberra ODI, he scored a quickfire 126 and built a brilliant third wicket partnership of 212 run with Virat Kohli. Dhawan’s innings was comprised of two six and 14 boundaries. His batting made the 349 run chase look easy. But, after scoring his hundred he played some unnecessary shots and eventually showed his wicket.
Vice-captain Virat Kohli scored his 25th hundred in his career. And he is that fastest batsman to score 25th hundred. He shared a 212 run partnership with Dhawan. When he and Dhawan were batting it seemed that India will win the match in 40 overs. But, after Dhawan and Dhoni’s de[arture Kohli also fell to a bad shot.
Captain Dhoni came to bat at a crucial juncture of the match. After Dhawan departed India were on comfortable situations. But, Dhoni got out in the next ball of John Hastings. Dhoni’s wicket change the course of the match. His wicket badly affected India’s chase as Ajinkya Rahane was injured. Kohli also departed after one over. So India’s chase become difficult. Australian pacer Kane Richardson said Dhoni’s wicket brought them in the match. Dhoni also took the blame for the defeat.
This young cricketer from Punjab made his debut in the Melbourne ODI. In the Canberra ODI Dhoni sent him at No.5. But, the youngster could not hold his never as he got out for an unnecessary shot. Overs were left, India needed a partnership and singles to win the batsman played a skier which was miscued and got out. He scored 5.
Ravindra Jadeja: India relied on Ravindra Jadeja after all recognized batsmen got out. But Jadeja made a blunder to take last ball single and gave the strike to Umesh Yadav, who also could not defend the ball. Dhoni after the match slammed Jadeja for latter’s lack of communication skills. Jadeja scored 24 off 27 balls. But, he failed to lead the tails.
With four stitches in hand as his hand was fractured while fielding a David Warner shot. Rahane came to bat with a sore hand at No 7, but he could not survive. He scored 2 off three balls. It was expected that scoring runs will be difficult for Rahane. And nothing different has happened.
The Himachal Pradesh cricketer was selected in the team for his all-around skill. But, when he got a chance he could not rise on the occasion. He played the irritating shot. He could have won the match with Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. But, he decided to play a lofted shot. With the ball in hand, he conceded 53 runs in nine overs and has gone wicketless.
He replaced Mohammed Shami in the team. But the bowler did not make any difference to the team. He conceded 69 runs in eight overs.
He took four wickets in the death overs but conceded 77 runs in 10 overs. He failed to give any breakthrough in the middle overs. Australia with a wicket in hand battered Ishant Sharma.
He is another Indian bowler who bowls fast but without any imagination. He also took three wickets but conceded 67 runs in 10 overs.