For the second game in a row, Australia failed to put up a good batting performance, as they lost the second One-Day International at Eden Gardens by 50 runs.
While Australia skipper Steve Smith had blamed two new balls for the failure in the first game when his team was given a revised total of 164 in 21 overs, he refrained from making such comment for the latest batting failure.
After recovering well with the ball following the century-plus stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli and restricting the hosts to 252, the world champions failed to chase down the modest total. Losing wickets at regular intervals was once again the feature of their batting, as they were all out for just 202.
Speaking after the loss, Smith admitted that his team made poor decisions and wilted under pressure.
“We made many poor decisions again. Under pressure, we are not executing our skills well enough. We are losing wickets in clumps which we can’t afford to do,” he said.
Australia disastrously began their chase with Bhuvneshwar Kumar sending back both of their openers – Hilton Cartwright and David Warner- with only nine runs on the board. Smith and Travis Head then revived the chase with a 76-run stand, but it all ended when the latter hit a Yuzvendra Chahal full toss straight to Manish Pandey at mid-wicket. The visitors went on lose six wickets in the space of 63 runs since Head’s departure.
Smith rued he, and Head could not capitalise on the partnership before saying that one of the top-four batsmen need to score big.
“It was a point for one of us to go on and make a big score and be there till the end,” he lamented. “That’s the way we play – one of our top-four has to go on and make a big score. Heady and I were the two guys who got in, and we weren’t able to do so. A lot of the blame falls on us. We got a good little partnership there. We turn 70 into a 140 then the game’s closed. We just weren’t able to do it.”
“Well, it’s happening a bit too often for my liking, to be honest with you. We’ve had a lot of collapses we need to stop. It’s just easy to just sit here and say it needs to stop, but when you get out in the middle, you’ve to change what you’re doing because it’s not working,” he added.