The Indian team lost the first One day International in Perth after posting a big total of 309. The Indian team batted first and Rohit Sharma played one of excellent knocks in Australia scoring 171 not out and also Virat Kohli scoring 91.
Shikhar Dhawan looked out of sorts and played a poor short to get out for 9 facing 22 balls. The Indian batsmen should have scored more runs after getting a great start to the series. But the main concern in that match was their bowling. Brainder Sran looked impressive taking 3 wickets for 56 in his debut match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav bowled well but could not pick wickets. India’s main strength R Ashwin and R Jadeja went for too many runs and did not pressure on the Australian batsmen especially Smith and Bailey who put on 242 for 3rd wicket.
With the 2nd One day International to be played at Brisbane tomorrow we look at what changes should be made.
Shikhar Dhawan who has been in poor form needs to take time. Rohit Sharma showed why he is an excellent batsman in the shorter format of the game. I think Gurkeet Singh Mann or Rishi Dhawan might be given a chance instead of an additional spinner. With the pitch helpful for the fast bowlers, India needs an allrounder who can bat as well as bowl. In the first match Ashwin and Jadeja were not able to control the run flow. Rishi Dhawan has been selected for the Indian team because of his excellent performance in domestic cricket. If the pitch is helpful for the pacers then Rishi Dhawan might be a better choice.
Australia are leading 1-0 in the series and with the second match to be played tomorrow at Brisbane where bounce will be true one change can be made in the pace bowling department. Ishant Sharma has recovered from his injury and is available for selection. He might come in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
After picking 2 early wickets of Finch and Warner in the first One day International, the Indian bowling lacked the control. If India needs to level the series in Brisbane tomorrow, the Indian team needs to play aggressive cricket in all departments and put pressure on the Australian team right from the start which will help the Indian team to win.
The middle over’s in the first One day Internationals were a big problem for India as Australia attacked the Indian spinners. Ashwin might be only spinner in the playing 11 tomorrow and hope that Rishi Dhawan or Mann might be given a chance.