Australia wraps up India’s hope of surviving the series on Sunday at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The poor performance of India continues and Australia bosses it's way past them. Maxwell’s hits cost too much for the visitors and the fact that all cupboards were opened indicating room for revamping their playing Xl.
It was the perfect replay of the previous match but it turned much superior to the Aussies. Winning the toss and batting first they began from where they had left, another opening century partnership between Warner and Finch which made the base for the team to wreak havoc. The runs from their willows were flowing perfectly and the bowlers were outplayed easily like always. But once the openers departed it was Steven Smith who captained the runs for the team and yet again he struck a mind-boggling century that axed the bowling unit to shiver. But the X factor for the team was Glen Maxwell’s brutal inning which was unleashed like a thunderbolt on Indians 63* from 29 deliveries having 4 boundaries and equal maximums which gave no room for Indians to make a comeback. But Indians were happy to witness Hardik Pandya bowling back but the bowling unit disappointed utterly. With ongoing slaughter, the kangaroos posted a whooping 389-4 by the end of 50 overs.
India’s retaliation to the mighty mammoth target began at a fine pace but it failed to last more than the first powerplay. Captain Virat Kohli turned his wrist to keep those singles flowing along with the southpaw Shreyas Iyer but the Aussie's bowling was spine chilling as Indians lost wickets after every crucial partnership built. India wandered a lot during the chase and nobody stood tall with Virat until Rahul made his arrival at the center. The captain's defensive 89 runs along with the Vice Captain Rahul’s 76 aided India to stay in the hunt. The visitors failed to produce a cracking fiery knock like Maxwell at the end and the team was summed up for 338-9 in their 50 overs. The Australians always bottled India and their bowlers Pat Cummins extracting (67/3) and Hazelwood (59/2) melted team India and won the series by 51 runs.
India aims to avoid an embarrassing whitewash from the host on 2nd December. They miss the contribution from their senior opener Rohit Sharma, but they need to find possible solutions to all the aspects of the game. Stay tuned for more updates live from Canberra.
With today’s 89 run knock Virat Kohli achieved another milestone of 22000 thousand runs in just 418 innings which is the fastest ever made surpassing the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar himself.