IndvAus 4th ODI was one of the crucial matches for the Men In Blue and for the Aussies. It was the match of the temperament on the field. India was cruising with 9th consecutive ODI wins and Australia was struggling with 9th straight defeat outside the home. Well, that shows how the mind game was important. Aaron Finch adds huge balance to the team and so does the omission of Glenn Maxwell. Steven Smith knew it was now or never.
Australia smashed 334 runs in their 50 overs thanks to their 1st wicket partnership of 231 runs between David Warner and Aaron Finch. Indian bowlers did well to restrict the Australian team at 334, it looked that Aussies will reach close to 400 runs. However, if anything went wrong for the team was the batting order. Hardik Pandya is a great potential and with all means, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are overusing him. He has the power to hit the big shots. However, promoting him up the order does not bring the stability to the team. He cannot lay a foundation which should be left to the man who is best known for it, MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni is no longer the same young gun who can fire bullets at No 7, he should be up to the order at No 4 perhaps after Virat. Let, Manish and Kedhar take the following the spots before Hardik comes and smashes all around the park.
A plan is required before India finalizes for the World Cup 2019. Changing the order frequently will not help the team. Let’s make things clear and everyone should know what are the roles they have in the team.
IndvAus 4th ODI might have ended as a defeat for India but the team must take the positive things and move forward for the final ODI. There is no harm in losing a match but of course, the real test of Indian team would be when they visit the South Africa or England or Australia for tours.
Australia – 334/5 India – 313/8
Overs – 50 Overs – 50
David Warner – 124 Kedhar Jadhav – 67
Aaron Finch – 94 Rohit Sharma – 65
Umesh Yadav – 4/71 Kane Richardson – 3/58
Australia defeats India by 21 runs
Man of the Match – David Warner