Australia Feel The Heat After Losing 2nd ODI To India & Their 10th Consecutive ODI Overseas
Australia once dominated cricket in all formats under the leadership of Steven Waugh and to an extent Ricky Ponting. They started to lose their ‘Invincible’ tag under Michael Clarke and now with Steven Smith at the helm, this Australian team is very much beatable in all formats.
Australia Lost 10 Consecutive ODIs Overseas
Australia has slipped to number 5 on the ICC Test Rankings and are number 3 on the ICC ODI rankings. The Aussies lost their second ODI against India at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on September 21 after suffering yet another batting collapse. Australia has now lost 10 consecutive ODI’s overseas and have created a record they will want to forget.
The Aussies were in command during the first ODI against India but could not capitalize and close out the match. The same thing happened at Eden Gardens as Australia managed to restrict India to 252 and should have chased down the total comfortably as it was below par. Aaron Finch is out injured and as a result the Aussies have experimented with Hilton Cartwright in the first two ODIs – an experiment that has failed.
Australia Suffer Another Batting Collapse
They lost both the openers to B Kumar who splendidly to pick up 3 wickets and concede 9 runs in his 6.1 overs. Captain Steven Smith and Travis Head put together a good partnership but Head threw his wicket away with a rash shot of leg-spinner Y Chahal. Glenn Maxwell played some big shots but got stumped off Chahal and Smith followed soon after he was caught off a failed hook shot of Pandya.
Australia looked done and dusted as left arm leggie K Yadav took a hat-trick dismissing M Wade, A Agar and P Cummins off consecutive balls. However M Stoinis launched a counter-attack and at one stage looked like he might pull of a magnificent victory but the Indian bowlers were relentless in their pressure. In the end, Stoinis ran out of partners and Australia finished 50 runs short.
The Australians will love to have the experienced Finch back in their ranks but if he is still unavailable, they might have to promote Head to open and drop Cartwright for the next game. Australia must win the third ODI which takes place on September 24 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore to keep the 5 match series alive.