India vs Australia 3rd ODI – Big Test for Bumrah : Jasprit Bumrah landed in Australia with a reputation of being the match-winner for his team in IPL 2020. But 2 matches down the line, that reputation is in complete tatters.
For the world – the 3rd ODI against Australia will be a dead rubber but for team India, especially Bumrah, it will be an opportunity to redeem himself.
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India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Will Bumrah’s long-standing struggle in ODI’s end?
India’s pace spearhead Bumrah is going through a rough patch in his career in One Day format and it has been visible in the last two ODIs against Australia as the 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact against the hosts.
The right-arm fast, who is known for his bowling prowess especially in the death overs, never troubled the Men Down Under in both the ODIs that has been played so far.
In the first ODI, he conceded 73 runs, third most expensive of the night, and managed to get just one wicket in Aaron Finch, while in the second ODI, the pacer continued his dismal show and gave away 79 runs in his allotted 10 overs while managing to pick just a wicket. Notably, Bumrah was once again the costliest bowler for India in 2nd ODI, which India lost by 51 runs.
Bumrah’s poor performance is something which is unexpected by everyone especially after his superb show in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). He was one of the best performers of the season and was crucial to Mumbai Indians’ (MI) title win. In 15 games he chipped 27 wickets.
Considered as one of the best fast bowlers of his generation, Bumrah has failed to replicate the same performance in ODIs. Will it change?
Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Jadeja, Pandya’s fifties give Australia target of 303 for clean sweep
Hardik Pandya played a trademark swashbuckling innings under pressure in the company of Ravindra Jadeja as a late flourish propelled India to 302 for 5 in the third and final ODI against Australia here on Wednesday.
Pandya hit an unbeaten 92 off 76 balls and with Jadeja (66 not out off 50 balls), helped India make a stunning recovery after the team struggled for runs for the most part of the innings. Skipper Virat Kohli’s fighting half-century was another knock of significance in the visiting team’s effort.
Coming together in the 32nd over, Pandya and Jadeja stitched 150 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to change the complexion of the game, which would make no difference to the final score-line as Australia have already sealed it with back-to-back wins in Sydney.
It looked like India would barely reach 250 but Pandya and Jadeja made it a different story. The duo took some time to settle down before opening the floodgates of boundaries. They scored 53 runs from the 46th to 48th over. In all, 76 runs came from the last five overs.
Pandya’s innings had seven fours and one six while Jadeja was at his best, hitting five boundaries and three sixes.