India vs Australia 2019, 2nd ODI – Just A Bit Of An Empty Feeling Coming To The End Of The Game – Marcus Stoinis
Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis felt heartbroken after the Nagpur ODI, where Australia suffered a close eight-run defeat against the host side India.
It was Marcus Stoinis’ seventh 50+ score in his ODI career (including one century). However, his horrific fate has continued in that ODI too as Australia has suffered unlucky defeats in all those games.
Chasing down the 251 runs, the visiting side Australia had a good start. The openers Aaron Finch (captain) and Usman Khawaja provided an 83-run partnership for the first wicket. But once that partnership was broken, the visiting side lost their other wickets at regular intervals.
In the end period, Marcus Stoinis and the wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey provided a crucial 47-runs partnership for the sixth wicket. It helped the visiting side to reach to the closure of the target, but the lower-order batsmen failed to give enough final supports.
However, Marcus Stoinis worked hard till the last over of the match. The 29-year-old right-handed batsman didn’t take many risks rather than he was focusing on shaping the innings. He was almost successful on his plan but just failed to finish the game in the nervous final-over moment.
In the final over, Australia needed 11 runs, and they had two wickets in the hands. Facing the inexperienced Vijay Shankar in the final over, Marcus Stoinis lost his wicket on the first ball. He played a fighting knock of 52 runs off 65 balls with four boundaries and only over-boundary. After his dismissal, Australia lost their final wicket on the third ball of the 50th over, and they were all out on 242 runs.
Marcus Stoinis shared his experiences after the match
Expectedly, the Aussie all-rounder felt heartbroken with another defeat.
According to cricket.com.au, he said on Wednesday (6 March), “Just a bit of an empty feeling coming to the end of the game. We did well, fought hard, got close but we didn’t get the result we wanted. Hindsight is a beautiful thing … you think if this partnership goes longer or you take a risk earlier (what would have happened), all that sort of stuff. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Virat and MS play very different roles for India
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s centurion innings helped India to manage a fighting first innings total in Nagpur ODI. His 116 off 120 balls became the useful innings for India as they managed to score 250 runs in that match. In the end, that innings became the significant difference between the two sides.
Apart from praising Virat Kohli, Marcus Stoinis also praised MS Dhoni for his importance to the Indian team. Though MS Dhoni scored a golden duck in that Nagpur ODI, he played the crucial match-winning innings of unbeaten 59 runs in the first ODI of the series at Hyderabad.
Marcus Stoinis feels that Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni play very different but essential roles for India.
He said, “Virat and MS play very different roles, but they make sure they get the job done for the team. Two of the best players in the world … so there’s things to learn from them and it’s probably fortunate we’re playing them so frequently leading up to a World Cup.”
With this Nagpur ODI defeat, Australia is now trailing this five-match ODI series by 2-0 with three to go. On Friday (8 March), they will meet in the third ODI of the series at Ranchi – the hometown of MS Dhoni. While the host side is eyeing to secure the series, Australia now must have to win all the remaining games to win the series.
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