Indian team has returned to action after staying away from international cricket for more than eight months due to COVID-19 pandemic. India is scheduled to play three 3 ODIs, three T20s, and four Tests during their two month stay in Australia.
The first ODI was played yesterday at Sydney in which India was defeated by 66 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
When India meets Australia in ODI, it is considered as one of the most fiercely-contested battles of the age, and the Magnum Opus of all ODI contests. In their first international match in 9 months, Team India did not look like a top side. It was not a good start for Virat Kohli-led Indian team in Australia as they went down to the hosts in the first ODI in Sydney by 66 runs to go 1-0 down in three-match ODI series.
While the Indian team did well with the bat, reaching 308/8 in 50 despite going 101/4 at one stage, the bowling and fielding efforts left the team disappointed. Indian pacers were punished by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, and dropped catches and misfields did not help the visitors one bit. The target of 375 proved to be too much for India to chase down despite solid batting conditions.
Indian team played good cricket in patches but the sloppy fielding and dropped catches affected the rhythm of the bowlers and hence, the rest of the team.
Since yesterday’s match was the first game and playing in Australia players have to adjust to the bounce and the conditions. The Bowlers should know the lengths to bowl, but the Indian bowling line bowled the initial overs a bit short with the new ball and they were punished by Finch and Smith. Hopefully India will strenghten its weaker areas, bowl a little fuller for an early breakthrough and try to beat the Aussies in their own arena. Hardik Pandya may be used as a bowler too, effectively to tame the Aussie batting line up.
The 2nd ODI will be played tomorrow in Sydney and the final ODI will be played on December 2.