Ten overs, 26 runs and four wickets; Jhye Richardson attained such figures to bag the Man of the Match award in Sydney. As India lost the first of the three ODI’s by 34 runs, Richardson deserves the credit for it. The new-ball bowler bowled excellently, in the beginning, to jolt India’s momentum heading forward. Not only he didn’t allow runs to flow, but he also got the wicket of India National Cricket Team captain, Virat Kohli on three.
Richardson broke India’s back at the SCG
It will be fair to say Jhye Richardson broke India’s back in the first game. After he got the wicket of Kohli, the fast bowler had Rayudu trapped in front of the wicket on zero. Courtesy Jhye Richardson’s scalps, India got reduced to 4/3 inside four overs. Though Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni tried steading the ship, fall of wickets at a regular interval, later on, didn’t help India’s cause at all.
A debutant in today’s game, Jason Behrendorff took two wickets too. He first got Shikhar Dhawan on zero, and later, he had trapped MS Dhoni plumb on 51; though replays showed the ball got pitched outside leg. Richardson then got the wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja, helping his tally getting increased to four.
Breaking the partnerships at regular intervals didn’t help Rohit at the other end, who slammed his 22nd ODI century. However, his feat was historic in a way, Sharma couldn’t push India for a win. The right-hander got out on 133, giving the hosts a surety of a one-nil lead in the three-match series.
Happy to get Kohli’s wicket – Richardson
The player of the match, Richardson said he was delighted to get Kohli’s wicket in the middle. Also, he told he enjoyed bowling with the old ball at the later stage of the game.
“Credit to them, they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs. When you have a team three down early, it becomes difficult to bounce back. I am very happy to get (Kohli’s) wicket, but more happy with the win. As a bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and being professional out there. I think it was about assessing the conditions more than anything else. Felt like bashing the wicket was quite difficult here. In the end, it became easier to bowl with the softer ball. My finger’s fine.”