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Thursday, 24 October 2013

India vs Australia Star Sports 4th ODI 2013 - Report


The fourth ODI of the series between India and Australia ended in a washout as rain played spoilsport in Ranchi. India’s aim of drawing level in the series with a win has been put on hold as Australia maintain their 2-1 lead going into the fifth match. (Also Read: India vs Australia Star Sports 4th ODI 2013 - Stats Highlights)
Chasing Australia’s 295 for 8, the Indian openers had scored 27 in 4.1 overs before rain interrupted the play. Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on nine while Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 14 when the players were taken off the field.
After MS Dhoni elected to field, Mohammad Shami had the Aussie top-order back in the pavilion in eight overs. His first spell of six overs with pace, control and immaculate length got him the wickets of Aaron Finch (bowled off a back-of-the-length fast, swinging delivery), Phil Hughes (caught behind off another shortish, rising delivery) and Shane Watson (bowled off a swinging length ball) for 21 runs. Playing his first game in the series and making a comeback, Shami finished with figures of 8-1-42-3.
After Ashwin dismissed Adam Voges in the 15th over, Australia were floundering at 71 for 4. That’s when their skipper and their best batsman in the series so far, George Bailey, came to the team’s rescue. He was almost out first ball, after nicking a short ball off Shami, but was dropped by Virat at first slip.
After seeing Shami through, Bailey used Vinay Kumar’s short balls and wide looseners to score a couple of fours and a six in his first over. The Aussie skipper was given another life, on 35. This time it was Ashwin who put a catch down at midwicket. Bailey kept going in the company of Glen Maxwell, who batted beautifully himself.
The two piled on 153 runs for the fifth wicket in 22.4 overs. With due credit to them, there was a lot of assistance from the Indian bowlers who undid all the good work done by Shami in the beginning of the innings. The spinners, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, were milked for easy runs and the Aussie batsmen got enough hit-me balls to put away. What also hurt India immensely was the five dropped catches.
Bailey anchored the Aussie innings, like he’s done throughout this series, with aplomb. At the other end, Maxwell was playing some innovative cricket – in the 37th over he reverse-swept Ashwin for a six and a four off consecutive balls. While Bailey put the loose balls away for fours – he hit seven fours and three sixes – Maxwell was more successful in clearing the rope – he smashed five sixes and six fours.
Both men perished in their nineties to Vinay Kumar – Bailey was caught at deep midwicket trying to slaughter a short ball while Maxwell was out lbw. Having struggled in the death in the previous matches, Indian bowlers did well to keep the runs down to 57 in the last 10 overs.
Dhoni: It depended on the first 15 overs, if we didn't lose too many wickets the wicket would have become better to bat on. Shami is deceptive. He bowls quicker that you think. What was important was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails. And in the death he was getting the yorkers in pretty consistently. I know they will come back strong. At times it happens, some of the stadiums it is difficult to sight the ball. Well we have to find the right moment, with the fifth fielder inside, and the opposition looking to get over 300 and without much turn, Raina would have been a gamble. But this was the best game for him and he bowled well, knowing his limitations. The weather is not in our control. To some extent you are a bit disappointed, but whatever result it was we have to accept it. We wouldn't have minded a 20 over game with the start we had and with the water on the fielde
Bailey: Could have been a reasonably good game of cricket. We snuck away with the bat, thanks to Maxwell's innings. There was a little bit of swing and seam and he assessed the conditions well, especially considering he had to bat longer than he is normally used to. I was lucky with a few drops, but yeah, things went well with hte bat. We fancied our chances, with the pitch stiff giving a bit of seam and pace and Mitch was getting it to go. It's obviously important to be in the lead in any series and hopefully we'll get to Cuttack and get a good game in and get a win
source: bcci.tv


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