About the Match
The Aussies successfully chased down 310 runs against India at Perth to win the first ODI match by 5 wickets with 4 balls to spare. The two teams will now face off in the 2nd ODI at Brisbane on 15th January and it surely be a battle amongst the batsmen. While Australia has the psychological advantage with the 1-0 lead and looks determined to continue with their winning momentum, India will not take the defeat lying low and will surely try to bounce back into the series before it’s too late. With three more matches to go in the series, it is anybody’s title at this stage but we expect both sides to put up tough challenges for the opponent on Friday.
Smith and Bailey outsmarted the Indian bowlers to post a stupendous 242-run partnership for the 3rd wicket and help them win the match by 5 wickets; while Smith reached 149 runs in just 135 balls, Bailey scored 112 runs to steal the limelight from Rohit Sharma, who had scored 171 runs for the visiting team. The upcoming ODI will see Khawaja replacing David Warner in the top order; Finch, Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh bring their experience and batting skills to the table.
On the bowling front, Faulkner and Hazlewood took 3 wickets between them but the others put up a lacklustre performance as they were unable break the Indian partnerships. They have Scott Boland and Joel Paris, who made their ODI debuts in the opening game, and provide depth to the attack. The bowlers will have to strategize well against the Indians in the upcoming match if they want to contain the run-flow.
Smith has been invincible against the Indians and continues to be a big challenge for the visitors; with a powerful in-form batting line-up and experienced bowling squad, Australia looks well placed to dominate the Indians yet again.
After Dhawan’s dismissal in the 7th over, Rohit Sharma took it upon himself to power the Indians innings with steady runs; his outstanding unbeaten 171 runs put pressure on the Aussie bowlers and with Kohli by his side, they posted 309 runs on board. Kohli’s 91 off 97 shows promise for India’s chances but others like Dhawan, Dhoni, Rahane and Jadeja need to step up and come out all guns blazing here.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 2-68 but it was the young Barinder Sran, who was the pick of the lot as he registered a brilliant 3-56 on his ODI debut. With Shami out of the squad and Ishant Sharma suffering from injury, the responsibility falls on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Yadav to take consistent wickets in the next game.
The bowlers need to find a way to dismiss Smith, who can prove to be Achilles Heel for the men in blue; Kohli and Sharma proved to be in good form with the bat but the others in the famed Indian batting line-up must pull up their socks and score the big runs on these batting pitches here.
Australia has taken 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series and will try to maintain the upper hand in the upcoming matches; India has to regroup and come out with better strategies if they want to bounce back. Although the contest could go down to the wire on Friday, we feel that India will find its rhythm again to draw level with a win in the second one-day match