India vs Australia, 2nd ODI – Virat Was The Difference In The Game – Aaron Finch
After losing the Nagpur ODI on Tuesday (5 March), the Australian captain Aaron Finch pointed out that Virat Kohli’s innings was the difference between the two teams.
It was a crucial ODI for Australia in this series as they also lost the first ODI of the series at Hyderabad on last Saturday (2 March). Once again Australia won the toss in this Nagpur ODI, but this time the Aussie skipper decided to field first.
Virat Kohli’s century helped India to score 250 runs
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli played a crucial century knock in this match that helped the host side to manage a fighting first innings total. In the tight situation, Virat Kohli scored 116 off 120 balls with ten boundaries. That innings helped the host side to manage 250 runs on the board before losing all the wickets in 48.2 overs.
Apart from Virat Kohli (116) and Vijay Shankar (46), no other Indian batsmen crossed the 25-run mark. Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja were the only two other batsmen to reach the 20-run mark in that innings as both scored 21 runs.
Australian bowlers were very tight, but the in-form pacer Pat Cummins dominated with the ball in hand. He had the bowling figures of 9-2-29-4.
Australia just missed reaching the target
In reply, Australia was very close to the target but they were bundled out for 242 runs in 49.3 overs. Marcus Stoinis scored the highest runs in that innings which was 52 runs. Meanwhile, the Australian top-order batsmen played some good knocks but failed to carry their innings to the big scores. On the other hand, the lower order batsmen also failed to put enough support in the final moment.
As an opening batsman, the skipper Aaron Finch finally provided a good start by scoring 37 runs. Another opener Usman Khawaja played an innings of 38 runs while the no.4 batsman Peter Handscomb scored 48 runs.
Talking about the match, Aaron Finch feels that the top-order batsmen should play the big innings. Though the openers had 83-run partnership, both of them failed to convert it big.
The Aussie captain said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “Was okay to get a start today, but starts don’t win games. We got 30s and 40s, they got a hundred, and that was the difference. Virat was the difference in the game. If one of our top order got 80-100, we would have probably won the game.”
Describing about the whole match experience, the Aussie captain quoted, “It was one of those games where you take it as deep as you can and hope you can get over the line. The game ebbed and flowed the whole day. We had momentum, gave it back to them, and in the end they got over the line.”
Australian captain praised Marcus Stoinis
Aaron Finch praised Marcus Stoinis’ effort in that thrilling chase. The right-handed batsman scored 52 runs off 65 balls with four boundaries and one over-boundary. He fought till the end moment before losing his wicket.
In the last over, Australia needed 11 runs, and they had only two wickets in hands. Vijay Shankar trapped him for lbw on the first delivery of that over, and soon India secured their thrilling eight runs victory.
Aaron Finch also supported Marcus Stoinis to not taking the early risk in that game.
Aaron Finch added, “Marcus Stoinis played a brilliant innings. If Stoinis takes a risk early on and gets out, we have no chance at all, so his approach was right.”
The visiting side Australia can’t afford another defeat in this series as they are trailing by 2-0 with three more matches to go. India and Australia will play the next ODI of the series on 8 March at Ranchi.
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