Finally, after losing the first ODI in Mumbai, India proved that they are the better team and do not only win against the weaker teams.
After the Mumbai loss, India never gave a chance to the Aussies to bounce back and won the series 2-1.
In the first match, Australia thrashed India with both their batting and bowling. Their bowlers took ten wickets and then both their openers won them the match scoring unbeaten centuries. Nevertheless, the real concern was seen when both their openers failed in the subsequent matches.
In both the second and third ODI only Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne succeeded in scoring runs. This shows that Australia has issues with its lower-middle order batsmen. Players like Alex Carey, Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar failed to perform as the finishers.
If we compare both India’s and Australia’s innings in the last two ODIs, one can easily find out where Australia was lacking. In the second ODI, chasing a huge target of 341 Australia got a decent start, but had lost half of their batsmen before the last powerplay.
Therefore, it was difficult for other batsmen to chase that total.
Further, in the third ODI batting first Australia lost four wickets before the powerplay three and could only score 63 runs and also lost five wickets. On the other side, in the second ODI batting first India scored 91 runs in the last powerplay.
Not only Australia is experiencing an issue with finishing an innings with the bat but is also struggling with their death bowling.
Aaron Finch mentioned, “I think probably guys not getting through to those last couple of overs hurt us. I think in the last two games, we have had the bowlers batting for the majority of the last few overs. We saw in Rajkot, the damage that KL could do in the back end because he was a settled batter. I think that’s an area we just missed a couple of tricks. Just not having an in batter being in and having faced 20 or 30 balls to get us deeper and get us to the back end.”
He also mentioned, “Credit to India, their death bowling in the last few games was exceptional, Shami was nailing his yorkers, Saini in the last two games, and Bumrah. In both games, they were exceptional. You can look at where we could have improved, but also you’ve got to give some credit to India. They were unbelievable at the death.”
Australia’s next ODI series is against South Africa in South Africa starting 29th February. They would like to solve these issues against them and win that ODI series.