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Collective combat effort helps Australia 288



INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19

Peter Handscomb won the highest score with 73 off 61 balls.

Peter Handscomb won the highest score with 73 off 61 balls. © Getty

Aaron Finch, Captain of Australia, emphasized the importance of a rotation shot in the middle and held the back end of the innings in hand. And it was mostly the scenario Finch had hoped for. Australia has lost its starters in first strength, but the 92-year partnership between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh has provided a base. The two battles fell shortly after their 50s when they were less than 80 years old, which meant that Australia needed their attackers to develop. In this effort, Peter Handscomb helped 61-ball 73 as well as Marcus Stoinis did not beat 47 when Australia managed 93 in the last 10 victories to end with a competing 288 for 5 on the pitch, which was slightly on the slower side.

Bhuvneshwar brought only four balls to Finch, but it was enough to hurt the premature damage when he ran between the target stumps and the outside, and refused the Captain of Australia for 6 and one who came back. After picking up the 100th ODI goal, Bhuvneshwar continued with accurate lines and kept the bats under control. Khaleel Ahmed at the other end of the duel with Alex Carey and Usman Khawaj, but a little indiscipline meant that Carey managed a few frontiers.

Carey, who opened for ODI for the first time, seemed to find himself in this position until he cut Kuldeep Yadavu's defeat, which was too full and went 24. Muhammad Shami, bowling in tandem with Kuldeep, asked a few questions, but he also laid a few on pads that have been deferred. Ravindra Jadeja then worked with Kuldeep as the spin couple tried to keep the Australian bats calm. They did a decent job, though the left arm legspinner was guilty of bowling shortly and was postponed.

Khawaja and Shaun Marsh managed to keep the pair of left-hand spin in hand and rebuild the innings with minimal risk. Kohli tried to refute them by closing the spin in the timing of Ambati Rayudu, but eventually finished in the second round. Things happened smoothly for the third Australian couple who seemed to be a hundred years old. But the deepening proved to be Khawaj's fall when he dropped shortly after he brought the fifth ODI fifty and jailed Jadey.

While India felt the way to get to several more goals, the positive half-year partnership between Marsh and Peter Handscomb ensured that the platform set by the previous stand was used. Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel, in their return spells, admitted a lot of boundaries with Marsh bringing his thirteenth ODI fifty into the process. The introduction of Kuldeep, however, slowed Australia, as Marsh, when he tried to take on a rotating role, pulled into the depths.

The hosts went without limits for more than seven players until Marcus Stoinis reached the sixth Kuldeep in the 44th round, followed by a maximum for Handscomb, who helped him out of his fifty. While Handscomb left after seeing six of Bhuvneshwar, Stoinis gave the final touch, with two four and two sixs in his 43-ball stay. Bhuvneshwar's death on bowling meanwhile comes as an affair for India when he admitted 40 of the three raids that scored in 40th place, including 18 of the final.

Short Score: Australia 288/5 in 50 Overs (Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59, Shaun Marsh 54, Kuldeep Yadav 2-54, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-66) vs India.

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