Initially, India couldn’t find the feel having seen Aaron Finch & D’Arcy Short reach 60 combined for Australia.
Too much full and short plus fielding mistakes have caused some of their fast bowlers trouble.
However, the change of tactics with spin did change.
Kuldeep Yadav first provided the breakthrough via the dismissal of Aaron Finch.
It didn’t take that long for India to add their 2nd wicket thanks to Krunal Pandya.
K. Pandya bowled a decent in-line ball which successfully pitched the stumps.
Hence, D’Arcy Short mistakenly chose the pull where it hit the middle of his front pad.
Again, K. Pandya produced another same line & length and this time nailed Ben McDermott.
B. McDermott, the son of Craig McDermott, swept either too hard or a swing and a miss.
With not much movement, it hit McDermott’s inner thigh pad before K.Pandya celebrated with the LBW.
This excellent spinner has to give a pat on his back when he captured his 3rd wicket of Glenn Maxwell.
It’s a good line where the ball may be a bit too short before Maxwell just reached and pulled straight to the hands of Rohit Sharma.
Plus his 4th scalp on Alex Carey saw Krunal Pandya lifted India’s game on a positive note & scarred Australia’s batting order.
Without him, Australia would’ve posted around 175-180 mark as the Indian quicks didn’t take any wickets at all.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fired off with a range of boundaries needed for India.
Unlike Australia’s batting, these men stayed around because of a variety of critical points:
- Staying tall
- Keep watching the ball as if it’s golf
- Whack as long as you use your footwork
They didn’t care what the bowler did as long as they didn’t back away or reach out for the ball.
So great to see them contribute and give another new set of energy in their hands.
Although, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant couldn’t cut it on 14 and zero respectively.
But it’s the skipper Virat Kohli who became the man of the match.
Credit to Dinesh Karthik on backing Kohli up and let him rotate the strike.
And when Karthik gave Kohli the baton, Kohli smashed boundaries everywhere of the ballpark.
Not only Kohli’s able to grab his quickfire 50, but the crucial win India craved in Sydney.
A lot of Indian supporters cheered on to watch the great man, Virat Kohli.
Kohli appreciated the fans’ support and did the best he can to justify how great this cricket-loving nation is.
So many of them who watch him on TV will look at Kohli as their inspiration.
And it will never stop as India will now prepare in Adelaide over the next 7-10 days.
That’s where they will face Australia in the 1st Test Match next Thursday at Adelaide Oval.