It was the Royal class battle between the Titans of world cricket, where Australia took on dubious India at Sydney cricket ground (SCG) on Friday. The kangaroos won the toss and quickly chose to bat, the fans were excited to witness the game live after the months' break due to the ongoing pandemic.
The hosts started slow but the openers in themselves had a good season in the recently finished IPL. Cruising knocks from David Warner 69 from 76 balls and Finch gave the steady platform for the middle order to play from explosive cricket. Leading from the front the captain Aaron Finch smashed his 17th ODI ton and dominated the struggling Indian bowlers. The trouble did not stop there, even Steven Smith was in the mood for a party and joined hands with Glen Maxwell and his brilliant cameo of 45 in19 deliveries which included 5 boundaries and 3 sky kissing maximums which gave the required anticipation for the team to play a freehand game.
Smith cleared off his rusty form and slammed a cracking century in just 66 deliveries bearing 11 boundaries and 4 maximums which outplayed the bowlers since his arrival. The bowlers were peeled mercilessly and none of them could manage to curb the fierce Australians. Mohammed Shami picking up 10-0-59-3 and Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-73-1 were inefficient and it led to the formation of the Iceberg total of 374-6 in 50 overs.
Starting the mountainous chase India began well on the shoulders of Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan but the kangaroos planned well to tackle the openers, and in no time they picked a wicket of inform Mayank playing a blunderous shot over the covers region. The chase master Virat Kohli was at crease early in the 10th over where he played some glamorous shots but it wasn’t sufficient to keep them in the battle. With the sturdy line and lengths and effective use of bounce from the pitch, Josh Hazelwood scalped the big fish Kohli and put a massive weight over the team attaining victory’s dream.
India lost wickets and kept on adding more pressure to the required run rate. Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya began to anchor the team and kept the scoreboard ticking. They stitched a gritty partnership of 128 and kept the team in the hunt scoring half-century each, Dhawan adding 74 runs in 86 throws and Pandya whipping 90 from 76 deliveries. As soon as they appeared dangerous, Finch introduced Adam Zampa who dismissed the menacing duo: first Dhawan and then Pandya. With this, the batting spine of the team broke and it fell at its knee, Sensational Bowling from Hazelwood 10-0-55-3 and Zampa 10-0-54-4 craved the victory path for Australians as they crushed India with a comprehensive 66 run win.
India will be facing the same threatening kangaroos on the 29th of November hoping to fill in the big holes at the top order and the bowling unit and aim to level the series.