After a thumping win in Chennai, the Indian caravan has now shifted to Kolkata for the second match of the 5-match series. Between the end of first match and the beginning of the second ODI, the talk of the town has been- Indian player taking rest on the Chennai airport. That shows you how happy has been the state of the mind of the Indian players. Dhoni taking a nap further sums it up.
Coming to cricket- India’s fightback from 87/5 to 281/7 was enough for the world to see the depth they have in their batting but at the same time it also highlighted Indian worries- the middle order concern- Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav are lacking consistency. While Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni turned saviours for India once again, a rare failure of the top order exposed the hosts again.
On the other hand, Australian batsman collapsed while chasing a revised target of 164 from 21 overs- but that can’t be used as a platform to judge them as that was a totally different condition. Nathan CoulterNile was phenomenon with the ball early on to send back Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane. Glenn Maxwell also showed some glimpse of what he can do in coming matches.
The Hardik Pandya factor
Talk about the scorecard and you would see Hardik Pandya coming out dominantly. Whether it’s with the bat or with the ball, the Mumbai Indians’ find has been in prime from and is improving every day. He picks up wicket as well as thrashes the bowlers.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal showed why wrist spinners were the talk of the town before the series started. Chahal picked up 3 wickets while Kuldeep sent two batsmen back to pavilion.
Australia being Australia
Kangaroos being Kangaroos, they can never be signed off, especially with 4 more matches to come. The visitors will come back strongly at a venue that suits them a lot. They have won both their matches at Edens Garden.
A lively pitch has been created if the curator is to be believed. With rain and thunderstorm expected, there is not much good news for the fans. If we talk about Edens Gardens, one name comes immediately to everyone’s mind- Rohit Sharma. Such has been his performance at one of the most iconic Indian stadium, that he becomes double-threat for any team. Rohit averages a staggering 107 at the venue across all formats, including a 264 against Sri Lanka in ODI.
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adan Zampa.