Australia clinches series win!
Australia’s series win was confirmed by Glen Maxwell who took it away with his cruciel 96 off 83 balls knock yesterday at MCG, Although it looked liked to be a tight match but Glen Maxwell’s and James Faulkner’s knock assured that they surpass the target of 295 with ease.
It was Australia’s third successive record change to seal the five-match one-day series with two more to play.
India gave themselves their best chance of the series by having Australia four down inside 30 overs. Indian bowlers managed to get quick wickets including Smith and George Bailey- hero’s of last two matches who were dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja.
India came to this match knowing that a run a ball may not be enough to set Australia – it certainly wasn’t in the first two matches of this series. Kohli worked hard to score his 119-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan and his 109-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane, both of whom made half-centuries.
Kholi on other hand broke the record of the fastest one to reach 7000 runs figure by reaching to his 24th ODI century.
Both Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan also chipped in with half centuries each, But it was not enough as Australian batsman managed to over power Indian Bowlers again in 3rd successive ODI.
In press conference Indian Cricket Team Captian M. Dhoni said :
“If you take the deep fine leg slightly wider and that’s one area where you don’t want to get hit for a boundary, And that’s where off the two next balls, back-to-back boundaries are hit. It’s a bit disappointing because the bowlers have played a lot of games, and you want to avoid that kind of a boundary. At times it feels like I can only try to bring in more pressure by making field changes, but it’s all about execution.”
Dhoni also seemed weighed down by the misfields. “Today, I felt on and off the bowling was decent,” Dhoni said. “We did let ourselves down with our fielding. The best fielders in our group actually left quite a few deliveries. You accumulate those 15 runs or maybe more, then the turnaround could have happened. I felt in this game, it was the fielding that let us down.”
I hope that our Indian Team bounce back in remaining two matches of the series.
Good luck Team India!