Centuries from captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith took an early lead in the three-match ODI series. The pair formed the base of the hosts’ huge 374/6 in Sydney which proved to be too tall a mountain for India to climb. The top order from the spectators followed for a long time against some clever bowling by Josh Hazlewood. Who ripped through the bat in his opening spell to leave him at 80 for 3 after the powerplay. Which eased a terrible reaction In which he extended his first fifty runs with just 25 deliveries. Despite the fifties of Hardik Pandya (90) and Shikhar Dhawan (74), India could muster only 308/8 in reply.
Mitchell Starc struggled for control on the front. Bowling three wide in the early overs and then followed up with a front-foot no ball. Which Dhawan smoothed over midwicket easily. A boundary over free hit led to a big score of 20 to set the tone for India’s chase. At the other end, Mayank Agarwal went behind Hazelwood. Hitting back-to-back fours in the 12-run over, and India were taking a flight.
It was all shared from there, with Hazlewood making a strong comeback in the second half of their six overs and sending three of India’s top four back. The wickets of Aggarwal and Virat Kohli were apprehensive of just batting short on the ball and seeing the batsman in shape for pre-determined shots on both occasions. Both Agarwal and Kohli were bullied for room, and ended the Sisters offer which Australia enthusiastically accepted.
Two balls after Kohli departed, Shreyas Iyer left his bat hanging as he tried to get out of the way of a well-directed bouncer, and Alex Carey had enough time to settle under the ball, which Caught just below their middle. Bat. Soon after India crossed the 100-run mark, KL Rahul contributed to the unfortunate dismissal trend as he put Smith on the cover accurately with a low full toss from Adam Zampa and gifted Australia another wicket on the platter .
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Pandya and Dhawan offered some resistance with their 128-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Keeping India on par with the asking rate, even ahead of Australia’s comparable score for a higher rate. But four wickets up, and a long tail, prevented them from going out. Nevertheless, Pandya left behind Dhawan to score 50 runs in 31 balls. He hit two sixes after Zampa and one out of seven fours in his opening spell from the spinner. Maxwell also came under attack. With Pandya hitting fours and two sixes in one over as well as raising the fifty in front of the opener. While the spinners could do little to challenge the pair. Finch resorted to speed and was able to flow from moment to moment.
Pandya stunned the fans twice in the 29th over after Stark hit a five-over inaction after hitting a four. He kept India’s hopes intact even after Dhawan remained unbeaten till the 39th over. Even after Dhawan was dismissed for 74, who stumped Stark at midcap off Adam Zampa. However, that wicket also put a lot of pressure on him. The combination of climbing due to the rate and increasing numbers took a toll on Pandya. Who gave the charge to Zampa, but could not clear Stark for long. He fell 10 times in what could have been an ODI century, but still his personal best. Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami made some heavy blows during their brief stay in between. But it was very little on the day for the spectators who were facing a 66-run defeat.
Australia’s win was set up by Finch’s 17th ODI century and Australia’s third fastest century in the format of Smith. Who played an unmistakably aggressive hand with the specific supporting actions of David Warner Upfront and Glenn Maxwell in the backward. Finch had two century partnerships, adding 156 for the first stand with Warner. Who himself scored 69 off 76 balls and then another 108 with Smith. His departure paved the way for a vintage Maxwell cameo. Before Smith would score a century in 62 balls as Australia scored 110 runs in the final ten overs, making for their slow start.
With Finch taking very few wickets to assist the bowlers – of any sort – all Finch and Warner did not have to waste their starts. India’s new ball Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s pair were badly in the beginning. But Finch started to cross the boundary to Australia in the fourth over and then scored 5000 ODI runs. Bumrah’s first wicket meant that he bowled 26 overs without taking a wicket in the powerplay this year. The story was not entirely different for India, with the Australian openers adding 51 in the first-10. Subjecting them to their fourth consecutive wicket-less powerplay of 2020.
The boom in the middle overs began with the start of the spin, and Yuzvendra Chahal capitalized on it, with both Finch and Warner picking him up with ease to squeeze in some big overs. It also helped that India’s fielding was sluggish, and bowling was sluggish. Finch smashed 150 runs before losing to Warner for 69 in the middle of the 28th over. It was Shami who brought India a resounding success, based on the review. Taking an edge off the opener’s bat with a yorker length delivery.
However, India gave some relief as Smith did not get time to go, having to run to the ground to take a run. And after being fifty years old, the former captain changed gears easily. Even two quick wickets – Finch at 114 and Marcus Stoinis for a duck – failed to stop him or incoming batsman Maxwell. The pair seems to have suffered all the hurdles in the IPL three weeks in advance, as well as their patchy form.
Maxwell almost took out the broom as soon as he was guarded. Kohli brought Chahal back, noting that the wristwatch dismissed the Australian all-rounder four times in ODIs. However, Maxwell followed a switch hit with a reverse sweep for six to bring 10 of the first two deliveries facing the spinner. He scored another six and scored 21 runs, it was Pandya who defied the fans, who failed to back-pad the catch at long-off. .
A similar treatment was given to Navdeep Saini, who bowled the 44th over in the 15th over. Where Maxwell smashed a length ball over deep midwicket for a six, and eventually followed him with a back to back boundary. Shami put a stop to his blitzkrieg, but his game-changing 19-ball 45 in a 57-run knock with Smith set the pace in the death overs. When Maxwell did all the talking, after pausing briefly, Smith resumed the corner, a record century. Shami’s 3-run innings for 59 was the only indication for India, when Australia scored the third highest total against them.
Brief Score: Australia 374/6 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 114, Steve Smith 105, David Warner 69, Glenn Maxwell 45; Mohammed Shami 3-59) gave India 308/8 in 50 overs (Hardik Pandya 90, Shikhar Dhawan 74). ); Adam Zampa 4-54, Josh Hazlewood 3-55) scoring 66 runs.