India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur October 16, 2013

The drop that cost Australia

Plays of the day from the second ODI between India and Australia in Jaipur

The run-out
Aaron Finch had raced to his third fifty of the tour and India's bowlers didn't look like they were earning respite anytime soon. The breakthrough came via a sharp piece of fielding. The ball after Finch reached fifty with a pulled six, he pushed to mid-off and started running. He was on the back foot, though, and took that one moment extra to get going. Suresh Raina swooped on the ball, and released it swiftly to score a direct hit and catch Finch short.

The mix-up
Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey put on 96 in 8.3 overs and even they were to be separated by a run-out. Only this time, the batsmen brought it on themselves. Bailey had driven to long-off and was satisfied with the single. Maxwell thought about it, and charged back to what would have been the danger end had Bailey moved. However, the captain was going nowhere and raised his head only see Maxwell had reached him, and the throw had been relayed to the keeper to complete the formalities.

The drop
You don't drop Shikhar Dhawan in 2013 and expect to get away with it. A couple of tight overs at the start induced Dhawan, on 18, to have a heave at Clint McKay. Brad Haddin ran towards the steepling top-edge as it swirled over square leg. He got both gloves to it, but it popped out, and Dhawan made Australia pay with 95 off 86.

The response
For the next five deliveries after he was put down by Haddin, Dhawan kept charging down the pitch. It was a feature of his innings, but to do it so often right after a reprieve suggested tremendous self-belief. Two of those balls yielded singles, but three of them disappeared for fours through midwicket, point and cover on the trot, Shane Watson the man to suffer.

The celebration
Very few players have been given as long a rope as Rohit Sharma has been, very few have had their places questioned so consistently, and very few have divided opinion as he has. When he flayed Mitchell Johnson through cover in the 38th over, Rohit reached three figures in ODIs for the third time in 104 games, and the first time since 2010. Whatever had been building up inside him over the years let itself out in a couple of big screams. Some expletives followed for a while before he recovered enough control to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mradul on October 19, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Why was the match where SA won by chasing down 434 hailed as the greatest ODI and the pitch was never talked about whereas if India managed a brilliant chase the pitch is to be blamed for bowler's graveyard?

  • Hardik on October 17, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Is it just me or when Maxwell runout, Bailey is actually out?? No one noticed that bailey left the crease before dhoni took the bails off!!!!

  • Gopalakrishna on October 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    This victory is one we should remember for long time, and build our team on this platform. There are flaws in our bowling which need to be curtained, otherwise every day we cannot ask our batsmen to chase down 350+ scores, They will have off days too. Unless India finds better bowling attack they cannot be expected to perform consistently across the world. In home conditions our batsmen may cover their flaws but not abroad. I cannot understand why India can never produce quality seam/pace bowlers? is it pitches in India? BCCI? politics? Indian up bringing? lack of killing instinct in India's mentality? don't know the reason, but we never produced another Kapildev ...Remember one Kapil cannot any more win matches, we need at least two or three.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Actually, Rohit Sharma hasn't performed that badly over the past 3 months... Since he was handed the captaincy of MI, we are seeing a different facet of his game and this hundred was always going to come sooner or later... As a matter of fact, I always believe that an opener is meant to provide a brisk start and shouldn't worry too much about scoring centuries... in that context, Rohit maintained an avg of 40+ since opening the innings and that is more than enough! In terms of tests, the top 4 should be Dhawan, Vijay/Rahane, Pujara and Kohli... Please don't bring Pujara to the opening slot...he's the most suitable no.3 batsman in India...Right time to try out Rohit at no.5 in test cricket...probably juggle with Yuvi and Raina as the competitors for no.5 ...Dhoni and Jadeja (provided he proves himself in foreign conditions) should complete the batting line up...

  • Vaibhav on October 17, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @yajiv Ra Jadeja had an off day.. infact he started well but got slapped in the end, but ashwin has been out form for sometime now, mishra should be given a chance in his place. Also Jadeja should be given a strict instruction to concentrate on his batting as well since he is in the side as an allrounder. And ishant should be kicked out and replaced with anyone it doesnt matter who coz he will bowl better than Ishant.

  • Rakesh on October 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    People after Jadeja should first consider that he is still a better fielder compared to Ashwin. 100 times better. If only one has to go it has to be Ashwin. If two then Ishant. Jadeja can still be a good no 7. He spin is more effective than Ashwin. He also qualifies the criteria of playing for Srini's enthusiastic team.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @yajiv Ra : Ashwin & Jadeja are bowling on home conditions so we expect more from them Doherty & Maxwell bowled much better than these two in the two one dayers

    Indian bowling attack will be more strong if Zak / Mohit sharma replaces Ishant & Amit Mishra replaces Jadeja

  • James on October 17, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    India is a large country and should try to create pitches in different parts which allow different capabilities to develop among the batsmen and bowlers (surely with the resources BCCI have, they should do something on these lines). It is a different thing that for international matches they may continue to offer these kinds of pitches as these seem to give them an advantage. However, there should be something for the bowlers- else they themselves may suffer as they did in the first match. Here also, had Dhawan's catch been taken and had Kohli been given out caught behind (when he actually had snicked) it would have been quite difficult for India-359 is a huge total, and bowlers improve with wickets. Also there should be some way of compensating for the dew for the side bowling second.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Congratulations. We'll deserved victory.

  • Himanshu on October 17, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Kudos @Yajiv Ra: Perfectly sums up the critisism of India and excuses by the overseas teams.

    However, India must look at their bowling very seriously. Just like in tests, No.1 ranking could leave India if they don't find a decent attack. Bhuvi is good, Ashwin can bounce back and Jadeja and Yuvi are good 'part timers'. However, we need genuin pace bowlers. Ishant should not be persisted with unless he finds a lethal yorker. Vinay Kumar and Ashok Dinda suffer from their passion with length balls. they keep disappearing the stands every time. They must try Jaydev Unadkat who has good pace and swing. He is only young and can be groomed for 2015 and beyond. Pathan has lost his swing and we need to find another quick bowling all rounder ''quickly''. For just this series though, it would not be a bad idea to call upon Praveen Tambe. the man is high on confidence and Aussies haven't seen him. He could just turn the series around his head.

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