How the ODI Series in Australia Was Won and Lost


How a match is lost

Australia’s dropped catches: With the first dropped catch of the day, the hosts gave Virat Kohli a lifeline. The Indian captain had edged it towards  Handscomb at slip. The ball was above Handscomb’s head and he reached for it, but the ball slipped through his hands and went for four. Kohli, though, went on to be dismissed on 46. The second dropped catch was much costlier. MS Dhoni was dropped off the very first ball he faced by none other than Glenn Maxwell. It was a sitter, with Dhoni hitting it straight to Maxwell but somehow, it didn’t stick. The Indian wicketkeeper was dropped later in the innings by Australian captain Aaron Finch, but it would have been a contender for the catch of the series if it had stuck. Dhoni had hit it as hard as he could towards mid-off and Finch dove to his right, but could only stop the ball from running to the boundary. Dhoni went on to hit a match-winning 87 not out, which brings us to the next point.

Finch’s form: “I still feel I’m a very good player. I think 13 international hundreds suggest that I do know what is required,” said Aaron Finch, before the match. The last time we saw a typical innings from him was in July 2018, when he smashed 172 off 76 balls in a T20 game against Zimbabwe. He then went on to score a half-century against Pakistan in his Test debut and things were looking up, until he started the India series. He had a Test series to forget and in the ODIs, he became Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bunny. Finch’s schedule has been unrelenting over the past year and he admitted that he needs a break, but he won’t get it before April. If Australia hope to make an impact in the upcoming World Cup, a fit and firing Finch will be a necessity.

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