Vinay shines but India crash in first ODI
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Vinay Kumar put in a brilliant performance, taking 3/21 but a batting failure saw India crash to a 65 run defeat by the Duckworth Lewis method in the rain curtailed first ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series against Australia at Melbourne.
Australia sped to 216/5 in 32 overs after being at 35/2 after 11 overs when rain interrupted play. Vinay Kumar was brilliant when India chose to bowl first after winning the toss anticipating rain. Vinay Kumar first got one past David Warner’s swing to clean him up before having Ponting caught at covers with a short of a length delivery to leave Australia reeling at 19/2.
Matthew Wade came out with a plan after play resumed and acted on it as soon as he was set again. Michael Clarke was dismissed early but Wade added 73 runs with Michael Hussey in just 50 balls, bringing up his fifty on debut before he was dismissed for 67 off 69.
India were hurt after the rain break when the adjustments meant that only 2 bowlers could bowl upto 7 overs each and 3 could bowl upto 3 each. Praveen Kumar and Vinay had already shared 11 overs between them hurting Dhoni’s resources.
With the outfield wet making it hard to get a grip on the ball, the spinners were fodder for the Hussey brothers who added 32 runs in just 20 balls before Vinay returned to remove Mike Hussey. Daniel Harris and David Hussey then plundered 62 runs off the remaining 36 balls to power Australia to 216/5 in their 32 overs. Duckworth Lewis kicked in and India’s target was adjusted to 217 in their 32 overs. David Hussey ended unbeaten on 62* off just 30 balls, Vinay Kumar with 3/21 from his seven overs. Australia added 181 runs in 21 overs since resumption of play.
India’s batting got off to a worse start than Australia, losing first Tendulkar and then Gambhir within the fourth over, both to Mitchell Starc, the score 13/2. Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma then began the repair work, briskly adding 51 runs in 47 runs. Kohli was on 31 off 34 balls in the 12th over when Ricky Ponting took a superb catch at backward point to send him back.
Clint McKay struck again in the same over and the score moved from 64/3 to 77/5 as Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, dismissed by Christian followed him back in quick succession.
MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja added another 37 off 49 balls, the required run rate rising higher in the partnership as the Australian pacers applied the screw on them. McKay came back to dismiss Jadeja and trigger another slide from 114/6 to 128/9. Dhoni was the ninth wicket to fall, going for 29 off 38, the solitary boundary in his knock showing how hard it had become to bat on the surface.
Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar swung hard and free, adding 23 off 26 before McKay returned one last time to snag Praveen, going for a slog. India folded for 151 in 29.4 overs, falling 65 runs short of the target.
India face Sri Lanka at Perth on February 8th for their next ODI.