About the Match
Heavy rains played spoilsport and dashed the hopes of the Indian team to clinch a win and level the series on Wednesday. With the 4th ODI being abandoned, Australia continues to maintain the lead 2-1 in the 7-ODI series so far. The two teams now meet at Cuttack on 26th October. The previous match started off well for India as they made quick in-roads into the Aussie batting line-up; however the visitors recovered from 32-3 to post 298 runs for 8 wickets. India was confident of reaching the target but the rain Gods had different plans for them and the match had to be abandoned after 4.1 overs into the 2nd innings. The 5th ODI on Saturday will hopefully be more promising and India will look to fight back into the series whereas Australia is looking good to keep the lead.
Mohammad Shami’s brilliant spell of 3-42 demolished the Australian top order, claiming the important wickets of Finch, Hughes and Watson. His pace bowling surprised the opponents and he successfully drew praise from all quarters. With able support from Jaidev, the bowlers were exceptional in containing the Aussies however, dropped catches and poor fielding from the team allowed Bailey and Maxwell to take Australia to a good total. Vinay, Ashwin and Jadeja did get wickets but couldn’t stop the run flow. Dhoni and his men seemed positive to achieve the target but after putting up 27 runs in 4.1 overs, the batsmen were denied the chase with heavy rains tumbling down. Though the match has been washed out, Team India is positive to bring out their best performance in Cuttack and hopefully will have steady hands this time around.
With a shaky start caused by Shami’s deceptive first spell, the Australians recovered very well from 32 for 3 wickets and built the foundation; thanks to the many favours done by the Indian fielding. Bailey with his splendid 98 from 94 balls partnered with Maxwell who blasted away sixes and fours to put up a score of 92 off 77 balls. The duo saw to it that Australia reached a decent 238 runs before falling to Vinay’s attack that robbed them off their centuries. It was left to Faulkner, Johnson and McKay to put up another 57 runs in the last 10 overs. Faulkner couldn’t repeat his heroics from the previous match when his brilliant 64 from 29 balls had won them the match. Australia did well under pressure and looked confident to win again; however the team is now looking forward for the Cuttack match to make a serious dent on India’s hopes of making a comeback.
India’s performance has not been up to the mark lately and they need to be sharper on the field and strategically use the key resources in bowling that show a lot of promise. The batsmen will be keen to come out with all guns blazing and put up a fierce battle against the Aussies. Australia already has a head start and will look to keep the advantage with them. Both teams will leave no stone unturned to come out right at the top; however if weather holds well, India is likely to bounce back into the series with a win on Saturday.
India, 1.61 @ Bet365