You can never write Australia off before a World Cup! Just months before the quadrennial event, the defending champions showed that they would not give up their crown without a fight by coming from 2-0 down to inflict a stunning 3-2 defeat on pre-WC favourites India. This was Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s first home series loss as captain. Australia’s last ODI series win came nearly two years ago, and with the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood all likely to be added to the squad, few will underestimate the Kangaroos at the World Cup.
Here’s how Australia’s players rated in the PayTM ODI series against India.
Aaron Finch (capt) 5/10
As a batsman, Finch had an ordinary series- only 157 runs in 5 matches at an average of 31.40 as his poor test form continued into the shorter formats. His 93 in Ranchi showed signs of him leaving his lean run behind, but on evidence of this series, his starting spot could be in serious jeopardy when Warner and Smith return.
He however led his team remarkably well, and has achieved something many visiting skippers have been unable to do- an ODI series win in India.
Usman Khawaja- 9.5/10
An absolutely fantastic series for Uzzy, with 383 runs in 5 matches at an average of 76.6. Was remarkably consistent as well- scored his maiden ton in Ranchi which set the tone for the visitors’ comeback, and followed it up with 91 and 100 in Chandigarh and Delhi respectively. Outscored Virat Kohli in a series where the latter scored two back to back centuries!
Rightly declared the Player of the Series.
29 runs in 3 matches at an average of 9.66
A horrendous series for SOS given his normally high standards in this format, and might have just kissed his World Cup hopes goodbye. Was axed for the decider in Delhi after being heralded as a potential saviour for the visitors’ batting on Indian pitches when he was brought into the squad- an indicator of how badly his stocks fell in this series. Continue reading “Australia’s Player Ratings vs India- ODI Series 2019”
Usman Khawaja continued his superb form with the bat by scoring yet another 100, as Australia defeated India by 35 runs in the fifth and final one day international at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi on Wednesday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Delhi Fifth ODI Match Report-2019”
After a stunning win in the fourth one day international at Mohali, Australia would be eyeing a shock series victory when they take on India in the fifth and final one day international at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. The Aussies looked down and out after losses in the first two games at Hyderabad and Nagpur but fought back to win in Ranchi and Mohali to set up this winner takes all clash in the national capital.
The two teams have played each four times at this venue, with India prevailing on three occasions and Australia winning just once. The last such meeting was a decade ago, when India comfortably chased down 230 with six wickets to spare. Continue reading “India vs Australia Delhi Fifth ODI Match Preview-2019 March 13”
Ashton Turner cracked an unbeaten 84 as Australia stunned India by 4 wickets in the fourth one day international to level the series 2-2 at Chandigarh on Sunday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Mohali Fourth ODI Match Report-2019”
After suffering defeat in Ranchi, India would be aiming to bounce back and seal the ODI series when they take on Australia in the fourth one day international at Mohali on Sunday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Mohali Fourth ODI Match Preview-2019 March 10”
Virat Kohli’s blistering knock of 123 went in vain as India went down by 32 runs against Australia in the third one day international at Ranchi on Friday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Ranchi Third ODI Match Report-2019 March 8”
After a thrilling win in the second ODI in Nagpur , India will be looking to make it 3-0 and seal the series when they take on Australia in third one day international at Ranchi on Friday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Ranchi Third ODI Match Preview-2019”
Virat Kohli scored a masterful century, as India beat Australia in the second one day international at Nagpur on Tuesday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Nagpur Second ODI Match Report-2019”
After winning the first one day international in Hyderabad comfortably, India will be looking to make it 2-0 when they take on Australia in the central city of Nagpur on Tuesday. The two sides have squared off against each other in three previous ODI’s at the VCA Stadium, with the hosts emerging victorious in all of them. Continue reading “India vs Australia Nagpur Second ODI Match Preview-2019 March 5”
Kedar Jadhav scored a brilliant 81 as India beat Australia comfortably by 6 wickets in the first one day international at Hyderabad on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors started disastrously as they lost out of form skipper Aaron Finch cheaply to Jasprit Bumrah.
Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis added 87 runs for the second wicket, albeit very slowly, before Jadhav broke through by claiming the wicket of Stoinis, who was caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli for 37 off 53 balls.
Khawaja was dismissed after reaching his half century, with an excellent catch from Vijay Shankar sending the Australian opener back in the 24th over. Continue reading “India vs Australia Hyderabad First ODI Match Report-2019”