India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur

The drop that cost Australia

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

Abhishek Purohit

October 16, 2013

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Rohit Sharma is elated after scoring his first century in three years, India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur, October 16, 2013
Rohit Sharma's emotions were on full display © BCCI
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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.

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Posted by mrgupta 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?

Posted by hardik1687 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!!!!

Posted by chitti_cricket 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by azzkikr 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.

Posted by Haleos 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by jimbond 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.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

Congratulations. We'll deserved victory.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

@amar - seriously Game 1: India 71/1 with plenty of batting to go. One wicket and the rest crumbled like a pack of cards. U are saying that wouldn't happen if that catch wouldn't be taken. Considering how ordinary raina, yuvraj, dhoni and jadeja are against short ball.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Let us celebrate the historic run chase and praise those who carved this out. But our going "gaga" cannot undetmine our chinks in the bowling armoury. Everydaye cannot be a new moon day. No use saying our bench is strong unless the strength is tested.

Posted by Ravishankara on (October 17, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Incredible victory. Can we sustain ? We need to find a complete new set of bowlers. Bowling is our Achilles heel.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (October 16, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

From the score, it was definitely a flat track. However, it was a flat track for both teams. It looked like India could have managed to score 400 plus today if that was needed. Finally, Rohit Sharma made a big score. I hope the frequency of big scores from him increases. Three centuries in 100 plus ODIs is still not good. Dhawan is proving himself. In the last game, he didn't use crease well. Today he was back to his style of game and it produced right results.

Posted by carban on (October 16, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

@scottstevo - not necessarily, depends on who's coming in. don't forget that in that notorious 438 by the saffers a while back, they lost boeta dippenaar *very* early in the chase: that just brought gibbs together with smith, and the rest is history. the form kohli is in, you really think he would have cared much what the scoreboard looked like? against the likes of maxwell and faulkner, and with johnson spraying wides again? i bet he couldn't wait to get out in the middle.

Posted by Shekar.Kothembaka on (October 16, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@manizee would you be more entertained if this was not a batting pitch and australia getting all out for below 100 runs and India chasing it in 40 odd overs? :-)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

Good day today for two batsmen who hadn't scored centuries for ages! Misbah and Rohit!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

2 Fluke scores by two aggressive teams on a small, fast ground with absolutely horrendous bowling from both sides. Australia should just leave the ground when batting first after making a big score. 5/6 of the top run chases in history have come against Australia in the last 8 years. WHAT DOES THAT SAY!!!!!!!! Get rid of Mitchell Johnson that guy can't bowl, sure he's fast again but he bowls so many wides!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

Bowlers grilled big time.what kind of a wicket was this.Leave some support for bowlers too or else game will die and new new records will form.Not good for cricket.

Posted by Leggie on (October 16, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

@Manizee, short memories I guess.. India just won the champions trophy in England - their homeland??? Not to forget the ODI series victory in Australia in 2009??? And, it's the same pitch for both.. It was a Great ODI win, and let's celebrate it. BTW, who says only the Indian pitches are one sided? The record run chase was in South Africa.!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Really? Why didn't they do that in 1st ODI where Dhawan gave them that chance?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

India's bowling is rubbish !.

Posted by samgannon22 on (October 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

When is Australia going to find a decent wicketkeeper? Both Haddin and Wade have hands like feet and cannot be relied upon under pressure. If we are any hope of beating England in the Ashes we need a keeper who is going to capitalise on the chances our bowlers create. Hartley, Nevill, Paine?? Surely the selectors recognise the importance of not letting the Urn slip through our gloved fingers.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Manizee Think u forgot in ODI's India still rules no matter Oversees or home matches, in test these blokes are new and it vl take sum tym to settle just wait n watch these players have the capacity to dominate the world attacks at any condition!!

Posted by archis100 on (October 16, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

I also believe that India should make a range of pitches, giving their own bowlers more chances to develop their skills, and I mean skills other than straining their eyes to catch where the ball ended up after the wallop from the opponent's bat.

But manizee's expert comments, like many others, cannot be taken so seriously. If India makes spin friendly pitches, we call them 'dust bowls'. When we see batting friendly pitches, we call the team 'flat track bullies', as if there was a different pitch for our opposing numbers. When worse 'crimes' are committed by other teams (pl. bother to see some records), that is a different matter. Cricket is not killed then, but it is so brilliant!

Everybody struggles when they are out of their comfort zone. Look at SA (a great team), look at Aus/Eng at the pomp days of WI fast men or India's spinners. A team, on their own turf, is only expected to tilt the balance to suit their strengths. Has there been ANY other team who ever failed to do that?

Posted by DD_f0rever on (October 16, 2013, 19:47 GMT)


Kohli - Easily World's No.1 batsman right now (on current form) and he is just 24 ! Way to go, boy.

Sehwag vanished. Dhawan replaced him and didn't let anyone miss Sehwag.


SRT retired (almost !), and Kohli already announced his arrival (3 years back !) and has been delivering for Team India so consistently ( *touch wood*). Really a specialist in chasing tht too with big 100s. Lol Already 16 hundreds in ODIs. .

Rohit Sharma at last justifying his talent with performance ever since he was made to open in Champions trophy. . Raina - Always a dangerous batsman down the order. "Project Raina" will only take him to new level. . Yuvraj and Dhoni - 2 Veterans any team would love/die to have.

God ! How come India produce such World Batsmen in no time. Except Raina all batsmen have literally destroyed opposition bowling attacks all over the World. Be it MSD thrashing Pak bowlrs, Yuvi hitting Broad, Dhawan shining in CT in Eng, or Kohli ripping SL bowlers apaaart. India Rocks !

Posted by CricketChat on (October 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Pitch along with bowling today was dismal. More than an ODI, this was an elongated version of T20 that cricket could do without.

Posted by ScottStevo on (October 16, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

@Amar, I think not! It's an entirely different prospect chasing 360 walking out at 40-1 than walking out at 155-1. It may well have ended up with Kohli chasing them down faster, but I doubt that an early wicket would've aided the run chase.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 16, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

@manizee: If I read the rules of cricket correctly, it is a sport where 2 teams tries to score as many runs as they can and try to bowl out the opposition for less. Australia failed to do that. So as a cricket lover, you should scrutinize the Aussie bowling which was poor on the night. Indian pitches have always been like this. They will not change even if the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. What players CAN do though is try to find ways to neutralize batsmen in such conditions. Honestly, both teams were horrible in their bowling. Finally, it had to come down to batting and India demonstrated why they have the BEST batting line up in the world. Simple.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

When Indian Bowlers Did Below Average ------------------ Indian bowlers are so mediocre, they Don't Deserve to Be No. 1 , What a Club level Bowlers , Ashwin & Jadeja Most Overrated bowlers, India must've manipulated the rankings & so on,,,

When Oz Bowlers Didn't do well ------------------- hohh,, What A Flat Track, it seems like hard Highway, Even Zim could chase that, ICC must check the rules for bowlers they aren't supporting, What a small Boundary, so what indians are flat track bullies, & list goes ON


Posted by manizee on (October 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

India deserves their dismal oversees record. Cricket is supposed to be competition between bat and ball, not bat and bat. These flat tracks are bad for the sport and the hammering bowlers get takes the piss out of the game.

Posted by Amar_bw on (October 16, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Actually that drop probably saved Australia from more embarassment. Had Dhawan being out early, Kohli and Rohit would have finished the match even earlier.

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