Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb tried their best on the second ODI of five-match series. According to the statement of Aussie pacer Pat Cummins, four-wicket taker claimed something like that.
India beats Australia by 8 runs
India had to bat first, losing the toss. Though they lost the opener Rohit Sharma with a duck. But Captain Virat Kohli made his 40th ODI century and India got a fighting score of 250 runs in Nagpur. The 116 runs inning came from 10 fours. Vijay Shankar companied the captain wonderfully, scoring 46 runs with 5 fours and a six. Aussie pacer Pat Cummins picked 4 wickets.
To the target of 251 runs, Australia started well. The opening partnership brought 83 runs. Though the wicket of Captain Aron Finch and Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis fought well. Accordingly, the wicket of Peter Handscomb, scoring 48 runs with 4 fours, and Marcus Stoinis had an effective fifty with 4 fours and a six as well. To the lake of responsibility brought the headline.
Pat Cummins, the Aussie Pacer
Pat Cummins, the Aussie Pacer acknowledged Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb tried their best, “When Marcus is there, you always feel like we’re in for a chance. He’s been the closer [finisher] for us the last couple of years, played some unbelievable knocks and assesses the game really well. With him out there, I thought we were [in with] a massive chance.”
“He played it beautifully, the way he just counted down the balls, chose the bowlers. To have 11 off the last over against probably their fifth bowler is a pretty good position from where we were. He set it up beautifully – just wasn’t his day… that last over.”
Accordingly, Australia lost a close match, which disappointed his boys, “ Everyone’s always hurting. You always look back at a couple of balls you could have bowled differently or how you got out, or how you could have done something different. We’re all hurting, but I thought someone like Stony gave himself the best chance to win the game.
“The innings Petey and Alex played if they didn’t play them the game would have been over 10 overs earlier. There are lots of good things the guys can take out of today. It’s really, really disappointing to lose but all is not lost, there are still three games to go.”
Aussie pacer admire Virat Kohli
The Aussie pacer pat Cummins admire, opponents, captain Virat Kohli, as he got 40th ODI century, “ I think he was the difference, for sure. We had a couple of really good partnerships, Marcus got 50-odd, a couple of guys got really good starts but we didn’t have that one guy who got on with it.”
“We knew the longer the game went on, the harder it was going to be to score, so for them to have someone like Virat in at the end, facing lots of balls, he was probably the difference between them getting a low-200 or 250.”
“It was a really good inning – chanceless. Just played really good shots. I think for the most part we bowled quite well to him, but especially the way he played some of the spin, which looked quite tough to play on that wicket, was certainly the difference.”
Pat Cummins didn’t forget to praise his men as well
Pat Cummins didn’t forget to praise his men as well, “ Finch batted really well with Usman at the start there. Finchy, I thought, he played a beautiful inning today. You see how effective he is – once he gets going, the field goes back.”
“The bowers start plan B and he’s one of those batsmen. I know bowling in domestic cricket against him, you do feel under pressure if he’s firing. He’s such a class player. His record is great in ODI cricket so runs were always going to come around the corner. Good innings today, I’m sure he’ll keep cashing in”
Pat Cummins also added, “Ozzie got another good start, but that middle order… I thought in the past couple of years we’ve talked about the middle overs and ticking over the run rate… It wasn’t an easy wicket out there to play spin, but the way some of the guys came in and turned over the strike was great,”
Pat Cummins explained the cause of such a massive loss
Pat Cummins explained the cause of such a massive loss, “Bowling a team out is good. I thought the way Zampa came back, got two big wickets that was a great sign. Nathan Lyon hadn’t played a lot of one-day cricket lately, to come back in it’s quite different from Test cricket, he seemed to be firing them in there and kept the scoreboard quite tight, so another great positive.”
“We’re taking every single game deep. It comes down to a couple of overs, a couple of key moments which are the difference between winning and losing. That’s all you can do – try to put yourself in those positions. The more you’re in that the more you get used to it and kind of work out how you can do some things better. The feeling in the group is great, I feel like every time we walk on the field we’re a real shot of winning a game no matter what the circumstances.”
Therefore, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb tried their best. Though Virat Kohli won the man of the match, Pat Cummins acknowledged, his batsmen’s responsible batting was enough to rescue the match.