Khawaja and Zampa star as Aussies clinch ODI series
Indians got smashed at their own backyard. First, they surrendered to Aussies in the T20I series, losing 2-0 and now they lost the ODI series by 2-3. Well, who predicted this script? It was one heck of a roller-coaster ride and clearly, it was Aussies who put extra efforts to get the job done.
Also, losing 2-0 and coming back to win the remaining three was such a massive achievement and not many teams have achieved that before. Aussies became only the fifth team in the world to weave the magic after losing the first two games to seal the series on a sensational note.
Scoring 383 runs in the five-match ODI series speak huge volumes and it was not that easy. Usman Khawaja deserves full credit for having the best performance of his life. Before coming to India, his statistics showed ‘Zero centuries’ but now he can leave the tour happily with two centuries to his name.
Besides Khawaja’s century, Peter Handscomb notched up with a well-deserved half-century and after that, it was all India’s show as they got back into the game as Aussies posted a competitive total. In reply, Indians failed to steady the ship, as a result, they couldn’t convert into big scores, losing wickets in crucial intervals.
India failed to convert
Rohit’s slow half-century wasn’t all enough when he lost partners at the other hand. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with the forties each only to entertain the fans. But the Aussies got back into the game and removed everyone in the team. Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name.
Even as the Indians tried their best to showcase their mettle at home, they couldn’t match the performance put up by the Aussies. Pat Cummins emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the series with as many as 14 wickets to his name while Adam Zampa finished with 11.
Indians must be absolutely gutted for losing hat-trick of games and that too at their familiar conditions. This is once in a blue moon scenario. Well, this shouldn’t affect them heading into the World Cup as they still have a lot of things to bridge the gap in their own team department.
Australia – 272/9 (50 overs)
Usman Khawaja – 100, Peter Handscomb- 52 | Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 3/48
India – 237/10 (50 overs)
Rohit Sharma- 56, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 46 | Adam Zampa – 3/46