AUSTRALIA’S TOUR OF INDIA, 2019
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Khawaja scored his second century of the sequence. © AFP
At 175 for 1 within the 33rd over, with Khawaja unbeaten after scoring his second century of the sequence, issues regarded promising for Australia. Nevertheless, a collective bowling show allowed India to limit the guests to 272/9 within the all-to-play-for fifth one-dayer in New Delhi.
Whilst dew was anticipated to play an element within the chase, Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper, elected to bat, hoping for the pitch to turn out to be slower because the match progresses.
India got here in to the match with Virat Kohli asserting that they’re enjoying the mix which will likely be very near the one which will likely be on the world cup – Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami introduced in for Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul. Australia too made a few modifications, with Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon coming in for Shaun Marsh and Jason Behrendorff.
Khawaja took little time to settle in and unsettle the Indian bowlers, with a flurry of flicks that helped the guests get off to a superb begin. Aside from off-setting the plans of the Indian tempo trio, it additionally allowed Aaron Finch, who regarded scratchy by means of the course of his innings, to settle in.
The southpaw, who amassed 283 runs from 5 innings on this sequence, not solely put away something on his pads – which Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami offered in lots, however even took the fast singles to maintain the scoreboard ticking alongside.
Finch, alternatively, was troubled again and again. He stuttered alongside to 43-ball 27 however hung alongside sufficient to assist Australia to a 76-run opening stand, which was dominated by his associate on the different finish.
His dismissal – off stump carted after he performed the fallacious line towards Jadeja – wasn’t the worst factor to occur to the guests. Peter Handscomb, who walked out to bat at No Three, displayed much better fluency and allowed Australia to fireplace from each ends. Their attacking utility killed the efficiency of the Indian spin duo – Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja – together with the part-time-awkward-angled spin of Kedar Jadhav, who was taken off the assault after just one over.
There have been all types of strokes on show – sweeps, reverse sweeps, flicks, cuts, drives, pulls; most well-executed but additionally some aided by edges working to boundaries. Nonetheless, the duo added 99 runs in solely 18.Three overs to put a robust platform, one that ought to have given their explosive center order – Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner – to place an exhibition of their big-hitting prowess. Nevertheless, a interval of 21 balls noticed three wickets fall – together with each the set batsmen to destroy the set platform; Khawja falling on 100 and Handscomb on 52, quickly after mentioning their respective landmarks.
It was a collapse from the place Australia may by no means recuperate. Stoinis and Turner scored 20s however could not capitalise on their begins and fell after seeing off the early interval of their innings.
Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson threw their bats round to get some essential runs. One the options of their temporary stand was a 19-run over off Jasprit Bumrah, he had conceded solely 14 until then from his first eight overs. Nevertheless, it solely took them so far as 272/9 – a fairly good difficult rating on the pitch however removed from what they might’ve favored after a robust begin. Bhuvneshwar Kumar completed with three wickets, whereas Shami and Jadeja bagged a brace every.
Transient Scores: Australia 272/9 in 50 overs (Usman Khawaja 100, Peter Handscomb 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar Three-48, Ravindra Jadeja 2-45) vs India.