Ind vs Aus – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli Give India Good Start Post Shikhar Dhawan’s Early Dismissal

January 15 10:56 2016

austinNew Delhi, Friday, January 15 – A crucial match between India and Australia is in progress at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane on Friday. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan, the opener, failed another time to let viewers witness a good and stable cricket from him.

Expectations were huge from the cricketer post arrival on the crease. But his score wasn’t impressive at all, pocketing just 6 runs. He was anticipated to do better this time, especially because his total score in the previous One Day International was 9 runs off 22 balls. Even though he took four balls today to get six runs, including a boundary, he couldn’t prove his captain confidence in him right.

Early dismissal wasn’t expected but Dhawan is certainly creating problem for himself, not proving why it is worth to have him in the team and given preference over others. Shikhar couldn’t adjust with the bounce on a delivery by Joel Paris and was caught in the slip where Matthew Wade was quick in pouching the ball, giving Aussies a chance to spread broad smile.

If wickets are lost in the early few overs, pressure shifts on other players that are to bat. Rohit Sharma looked good right from the beginning. The pressure of hopes seemed to stress Indian vice captain and the opener but the duo tried their best to place the ball into the gaps and steal as many as runs possible. Singles and twos were pocketed in speed to maintain run rate over five. Brilliant running between the stumps by Kohli and Sharma helped India continue attaining runs every over. Australia who were waiting for getting some more wickets to scare Indian camp felt a little bit heat as the two young players tried hitting the ball into different corners of the ground.

Being led by Steven Smith, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Scott Boland and Joel Paris are keenly looking forward to get a 2-0 lead in the tournament and increase probability of sealing the series as early as possible. As of now, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Barinder Sran are likely to contribute both with bat and ball. Ishant finds a place in the playing XI. Sran is supposed to do his bit and give breakthrough to his team as he did in the debut match a few days ago. Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the players on bench. In spite of the fact that they did not get a chance to play in the second ODI, doors are always open to perform as Dhoni being a skipper who usually gives chance to young guns to perform and gain expertise.

Taking into consideration the talent of Virat and Rohit, most wanted start seems to be on the cards. However, job on the shoulders of middle and lower order will also be huge for a stylish finish. In the ground capacity of approximately 42000, cricket fans made sure to appear in good numbers to show great support for favorite team. Even though the match is being played in Australia, Indian fans have arrived in impressive numbers, giving the feel as if it is in full swing in any of the Indian grounds. Dressed in blue shirts and carrying Indian flags, they are giving loudest cheer to India whenever a shot is struck or singles are taken to keep rotating the strike.

Batting collapse has been a problem of Indian side and so is bowling attack. Regardless of the fact that India batted well in the opening ODI, poor bowling and fielding made the visitors lose the contest, which once seemed to be in their grip. If scoring pattern at this venue is to be discussed then average 1st inning score is 225 and average 2nd inning score is 200. The highest total put on the scoreboard  was by Australia against West Indies. Aussies scored 324 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Lowest Total of 71 runs was put by Pakistan in opposition to West Indies

Highest chased was 301 by Australian playing XI against England, while on the other hand, 152 was the lowest defended by England versus Australia. India are going good at this point in time. After 15 overs, India have accumulated 70 runs for the loss of one wicket. Rohit is batting at the score of 41, together with five boundaries and a six and Virat at 23 runs, including a four.  If they continue to play this way for next 10 to 15 overs, unwanted tension from other Indian batsmen will reduce. Achieving some considerable runs by others is important even if wickets fall after some time. A few good performances might be witnessed as Indian players must be enthusiastic to gain form much prior to T20 World Cup that will be imperative to prove why selection in the team is worth. Aussies’ bowling is missing edge today but nothing can be said sure which squad pulls off in the last part.

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