Dravid, who was Pandya’s coach during an India A tour of Australia past year, hoped that the current India A players are able to emulate Pandya’s batting approach. I think I’ve dropped one in every game I’ve played so far (in this series). Mayank Shrivastav Student If the Aussies get a chance to set a target for Indians, it would be hard for us to chase with the type of batting line up we have and win 5-0.
However legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi believes India have not been tested by opposition teams, barring the Champions Trophy final in June against Pakistan which they lost by 180 runs.
Finch put on 70 with David Warner (42) before the latter was bowled by a Pandya off-cutter and then 154 with Smith – the pair’s third successive hundred stand for the second wicket.
The tourists were sitting pretty at 224-1, but the loss of four wickets for 36 runs halted their momentum at a crucial juncture.
But Pandya got away with putting an Ashton Agar delivery high into the air behind Smith at cover. He is the guy we were looking for in a long time. To bring the series back to life, the batsmen also need to play the game perfectly. “He possesses ability with the bat, ball and in the field as well”. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner and when I got a few sixes, I knew I could take some time. At the other end, Smith completed his 19th ODI half-century off 55 balls. Following the humble 21-run margin in the first match, Indian team now made it little big by terminating Aussies at 202 runs clinching all the wickets at 43.2 overs. It was a dismissal that could have saved the game for Australia.
Australia opener Aaron Finch’s fluent century came to a nought due to self-destructive batting by Australia in the last 10 overs. But it all comes back to runs. Smith said as much in the post-game. “Hardik was magnificent, and Rohit and Rahane were fabulous too”. While Australia plays to save their honour India would want a ideal series win with favourable momentum to take into the Test series.
Led by Virat Kohli, the Indian team will face Australia in fourth ODI at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on 28th September.
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