Australia kept the word and returned to the series. Though Virat Kohli made another century in Ranchi Usman Khawaja and Aron Finch threw a huge score to the hosts.
Australia beats India by 32 runs
Australia had to bad first, accordingly, they lost the toss Ranchi. The opening partnership brought 193 runs today. Though opener and the captain Aron Finch missed his century for just 7 runs another opener Usman Khawaja picked his debut century. Aron Finch hit 10 fours and 3 sixes for scoring 93 runs and Usman Khawaja brought 104 runs with 11 fours and a six. Australia picked 313 runs off their 50 overs.
India had the worst starting, according to the target of 314 runs. Two openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma returned back by 15 runs on the scoreboard. Then Ambati Rayudu also went back by 27 runs. Accordingly, the partnership of Virat Kohli and MD Dhoni could steer the target. Tough MS Dhoni scored 26 runs but Virat Kohli made his 41st ODI century and 66th international century, his 123 runs came from only 95 balls with 16 fours and a six. But failed to reach the score and Australia beats India by 32 runs.
Adam Zampa emphasized on the early wicket
Adam Zampa emphasized on the early wicket, “We bowled well collectively. The quicks upfront were amazing, Virat is a serious player, it was good to take his wicket when we did. I don’t think he’s my bunny, he’s one of the hardest players to bowl to.”
Though Australia was under pressure, “I was under a bit of pressure, if he had hit a couple of more boundaries, the momentum would have shifted towards them. The message from the management and the coach was to take wickets, the mindset was the same. The wickets here in India are pretty good and the outfield fast, which has a say in your bowling.”
Aron Finch is happy to come back to the series
Aron Finch is happy to come back to the series, “It was a pretty good performance by our guys. To get 300 on that wicket was really good batting performance. The way we bowled up front, we put the squeeze on and got three big wickets. It was nice (opening stand) and I think it is important, especially in these conditions we know how hard it is for guys to come in and score quickly in the middle overs.”
“It was important that Usman and I kept going as deep as we could and allow Maxi to come in and play the way he does, Stoinis too. I have been training really hard and working on my game as hard as I possibly can. I have always had the faith I would get some runs. It was nice to start us off with a good partnership and set up what was a defendable total.”
The captain thanked Usman Khawaja and Adam Zampa for the match, “Usman played a fantastic knock and Zamps bowled well. I think Jhye was standout with the ball too. To be able to put pressure on world class players and to get wickets on a wicket which was easy to score with the new ball. The work he did was outstanding and Patty Cummins was at his best again.”
Virat Kohli praised the Aussie batsmen
Virat Kohli praised the Aussie batsmen, “ We were (in the game) especially how we pulled back things in the last 10 overs. We thought we would be chasing 350+ with the way Australia was going. I think they batted outstandingly well in the first 40 overs, but we pulled it back in the last 10 after Maxi’s run out. We were quite optimistic about our chance but well… We were told there was going to be dew around 7-7 30, but there is not a drop of dew on the ground even now.”
The captain blamed their wrong calculation, “ I got that calculation wrong a little bit. Nonetheless, we were keen to get that score on the board. The wicket wasn’t improving at all and wasn’t getting easier to bat on. So we had to make the most of whatever loose balls we got. I tried to do that for a decent time of the innings I played in but eventually, I knew, the odd risk you have to keep taking and one more wicket it would get difficult. That is exactly what happened. If we were three down with 100 needed off 13-14 overs, it was still achievable.”
Virat Kohli points out their missing chances, “We have to figure out what those changes are. But the idea is to go out there and win matches and take a lot of pride in winning games for the country. That mindset will not change. We will have a few new faces and they will have to make the most of their chances because there is a World Cup coming and everyone wants to be on that flight. The guys are excited and looking forward to it. A little hiccup in the middle but we will regroup and come back stronger.”
Usman Khawaja is happy to contribute in the victory
Usman Khawaja is happy to contribute in the victory, “There is nothing like winning. Especially against a very good Indian side. They made us work hard. Patty getting us those wickets early when we first went out there was massive, but Virat batting the way he is and then a lot of good batsmen around, nice to get that win. The bowlers bowled beautifully.”
“We probably would have bowled first and weren’t quite sure what a good score is, but Finchy batted beautifully at the start, we got a nice partnership and the lower-order finished off well. It was not easy towards the end when the ball got soft. They batted beautifully to put up that total. My first hundred in ODIs, I had 98 before this and ran myself out, so it was nice to get those extra two runs today.”
Therefore, Australia kept the word and returned to the series. Finally, Usman Khawaja and Aron Finch alive the hope for the series, making the equation 2-1.