Australia In India, The series Recap!
The series ended on a high note, each and every match was an entertainer and High Scoring prevailed
The series started with the Only t-20 played at Rajkot and right from the first game the series proved to be an absolute entertainer. Australia scored 201 in the 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Finch (89) was the top scorer for Australia. Maddinson was the surprise package, the opener just played the t-20 opener and he showed a lot of character by scoring a quick fire 34 of just 16 balls he faced. Vinay Kumar was the stand out performer for India,he picked 3 wickets for 26 in his 4 overs. In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early and Dhawan was in a great touch and went on to score 32 of 19, Yuvraj Singh making a come back scored 77 of 35 that took the game away from Australians and India started off with a massive win. Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the match.
First Odi : The first Odi, Played at Pune and The Australians had a confident start, the openers Hughes and Finch put on more than a 100 run partnership. 72 from Finch, 85 from the captain Bailey, 47 from Hughes and a quick fire 31 from Maxwell took Aussies to 304 for the loss of 8 wickets. Yuvraj Singh and Ashwin picked up couple of wickets each. Indians in the reply, did not had a great start, 61 from Virat Kohli being the top score, the home team managed only to score 232 and were all out in 49.4 overs. Faulkner picked up 3 for 47. Bailey was the man of the match.Australia lead the series 1-0
Second ODI : Played at SMS Jaipur, Australia again went on to score a huge first innings total of 359. 50 from Finch, 83 from Hughes, 59 from Watson, 92 from Bailey and 53 from Maxwell made Australia score 359/5 and Indian bowlers went for plenty. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only economical bowler in this match ( econ of 5.4 in his 10) Vinay Kumar picked up 2 wickets for 73 runs in his 10. India had to chase a huge target, the Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on a 176 run partnership for the first wicket, Dhawan missed out his ODI century by 4 runs. Rohit(141*) along with Virat Kohli put added 186 for the second wicket and a 52 ball 100 from Kohli saw India chasing down the target in 43.3 overs with 9 wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma was man of the match. India level series 1-1
Third ODI : At Mohali,Losing the toss and batting first India scored 303 for the loss of 9 wickets, with a spectacular century from the Indian captain MSD batting down the order, he went on hard during the end overs and it was a much delight to see him bat during the pressure situation. Dhoni scored 139* and Kohli scoring 68 were the top scores. These contributions made sure India went past 300. Indian bowlers bowled much well and they had a good start. Voges and Faulkner turned the game and a deadly over from Ishant sharma went for 30 runs and a tight finish to the game. Aussies won the game at Mohali and they take a 2-1 lead. Faulkner won the man of the match for his impressive show with the bat(64*)
Fourth ODI : At Ranchi India winning the toss and fielded first. This game produced a no result as Rain interrupted the play. Batting first Australia scored 295, Bailey missed out another century in this series and was out for an impressive 98 and as usual fire works from Maxwell (92 of 77) took australia to 295/8. Mohammed Shami picked up 3 for 42 and couple of wickets from Vinay and Ashwin. In reply, India only played 4.1 overs and were 27/0 then came the rain and the play was not possible. The match produced a no result. Aussies lead the series 2-1.
Fifth ODI : Cuttack, Match abandoned without a ball bowled, due to wet outfield.
Sixth ODI : Played at Nagpur, this match saw a total of 4 centuries. For Australia it was Bailey at last who scored a much deserved century(158) and 102 from Watson took Australia to 350/6 a high scoring game again. India who had already chased down 360 kept it simple and it was again Rohit and Dhwan’s 178 run partnership for the first wicket made sure India leveled the series. Virat Kohli once again proved he was a master in chases and went on to score a 100 in hardly 60 balls he faced. Dhawan who earlier missed out a century at Jaipur went on to score his yet another odi ton(4th). Kohli remained Unbeaten on 115. His 17th century over all and 11th while chasing. India chased down a huge target again with Dhoni and Kohli remaining unbeaten on 25 and 115 respectively. India level series 2-2.
Seventh ODI : Played at Chinnaswamy, Bengaluru. India was asked to bat first. A double century from Rohit sharma and third by an Indian after Sachin and Sehwag. This match turned out to be the final encounter and a decider. India batting first scored 383 for the loss of 6 wickets. Dhoni’s 62, Dhawan’s 60 and Rohit’s 209 were the major contributions. In reply Aussies lost early wickets and Watson being Injured, they had to send Haddin at No.3 and he certainly managed well and went on to score 40. Indians started feeling the pressure when Maxwell was taking on every Indian bowler, the hard hitting Maxwell scored 60 of 22 balls and India were back in the game when Maxwell was caught by Jadeja in Vinay Kumar’s bowling. Coming in at 7, Faulkner who had an impressive series so far, went on to score his Maiden ODI ton and he was turning the match for Australia, he along with McKay added 115 for the 9th wicket. Indians came back well to break this partnership when McKay was bowled by Jadeja and Faulkner was caught by Dhawan of Shami’s bowling and India had pulled of a series victory at Bengaluru.
Rohit Sharma was the man of the match and Man of the series!