Seeing the trend the last match has gone Aussies way, it is very natural to feel that the Australian side was always the favorites to win the match. It looked so since Mike Hussey and Forrest took over. India should be fortunate to see through that no overs were deducted for their slow bowling rate.
But even if it is a 50-over chase, scoring 289 runs was never going to be easy at all. India really played a stupid game and let the game drift away. The way things unfolded, the credit should go more to our inanity than the Aussiebrilliance. We are ourselves to blame for.
It was destined that the Aussies were certain to come out in great vengeance as their last game against Sri Lanka was literally a no show. They were bundled out for only 158 runs – one of Australia’s lowest scores. India should have been cautious about this matter. All know the Aussie fighting spirit.
The Indian fielding has been a problem as usual as they gifted them fartoo many runs with some poor fielding and catching. Players like Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli did show some flashes of brilliance in the field though. However, it is a team game and all have to contribute towards the winning cause.
Christian is one player for the Aussies who can bat and bowl superbly as well. He is more dangerous towards the end of the innings as he has always shown during the current series. There was no way the hosts reach the total of 288 runs, especially when the top order including Ricky Ponting was sent back cheaply.
The problem currently lies only in three things. If these are sorted out India can win matches anywhere in the world. The first thing is that the batsmen should bat and score runs – our top order is failing consistently. Secondly, the bowlers should take wickets and the fielders should field well.
Isn't this the right mantra?