India defeated Australia for the first time in the series at Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia posted 330 batting first. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh scored hundred. But, Manish Pandey’s 102 helped India to win the match by six wickets at a nerve wrecking match. Both Indian bowlers and Australian bowlers were once again battered.
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Chasing 330 runs, opener Rohit Sharma opted to anchor the innings while Shikhar Dhawan played an explosive innings. Rohit missed third hundred of this series by one run. But, his innings gave India a platform where can middle order turn around the match.
Chasing 330 you need a batsman who can score runs from fewer balls. So Dhawan, who got back his form in Canberra ODI, hammered Australian bowlers on the way to his 56 balls 78. He got out after giving India and outstanding start. He built a 123 run first wicket partnership, Rohit Sharma.
He did not contribute much as he got out early. He scored only 8 runs. His one uppercut hit SpiderCam. His wicket made things a little difficult for India.
He is the real hero of the match. In a pressure situation, he held his nerve and played till India won the match. He scored unbeaten 104 off 81 balls and helped India to win the match after MS Dhoni’s departure.
The captain came to bat after Rohit Sharma’s departure when India needed to score 71 runs from 75 balls. Dhoni opted to play slow to avoid losing wickets. He scored 34 with one four and one six. In the last over when India was needed 13 runs. Dhoni hit Mitchell Marsh for six in the first ball that made thing easy for Pandey. Dhoni got out in the next ball. But, Pandey believed in his ability.
Gurkeerat Mann Singh
He once again failed to justify his selection. With the ball in hand, he conceded 17 runs in two overs. Dhoni criticized him for being overconfident. In the Canberra when he could show his potential as India need him to stay at the crease with Jadeja he got catch out playing an unnecessary shot.
Jadeja did not get a wicket, but he conceded 46 runs in 10 overs better than Indian pacers.
He got one wicket. But he conceded 74 runs in 10 overs. He got a wicket after playing three matches. In this aspect, his contribution to the team is not impressive.
He took two wickets and conceded 60. He is consistent in conceding runs. But, he gave Indian an early breakthrough in the match.
Throughout the series, he was battered by the Australian bowlers. He conceded 82 runs in the eight overs and got the wicket of Matthew Wade.
This 22-year-old boy in his first ODI match produced an impressive spell. He took two wickets and conceded 40 runs. His performance gives India a hope before the T20 series as India’s experienced bowling attack are at shamble.