Australia has fallen 8 runs short of an ODI victory in India last night, after the batsmen failed to capitalise on their bowlers holding India to just 250. An injury and suspension riddled Australia showed that they have the depth to compete with the best in the world, which will give them a lot of confidence going into the ODI World Cup later this year.
Pat Cummins starred with the ball, taking a wicket-maiden over to kick off the match and put India immediately on the back foot. He would go on to get another maiden and take 3 more wickets off his 9 overs (India did not make it to the final over, which would have been his). His economy rate of 3.22 and 4 wickets showed Australia that they still have a spearhead quick, even with Mitch Starc injured.
Cummins was also the bowler who finally took the vital wicket of Virat Kohli, who scored a century to help set up India’s total. Getting India all out for 250 is a huge achievement and should have laid the platform for a much-needed victory.
The Australian batsmen, however, clearly didn’t get the memo. Despite openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja getting the side to 83 in the 15th over, the run rate slowed dramatically after Finch fell. Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell fell to see the Australians in trouble at 132/4 in the 29th over, leaving Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey to try and guide the team home.
Handscomb brought the Aussies back into the match with a gritty 48 for his wicket, while Carey added another 22. Stoinis did well to reach 52 as the tail collapsed around him, and put Australia in the position of needing 11 runs from the final over for victory after a dramatic run chase. However, he and Adam Zampa both fell instead, leaving Australia 8 runs short.