Good Show against the World Champions
Hi friends, to win a One Day Internationals against the Australia, any team have to first perform well in all the departments like good fielding, batting & most important thing is bowling. Aussies team can bat up to number 11. Yesterday they have showed it against the Sri Lanka, Australia lost the 9th wicket at the score around 141 approx. But the last wicket pair of Brett Lee (37) & Bracken (14 not out) took the Australian team’s score close to 221 & lost the game by 13 runs. So when playing against Australia one should not thing they have won the game unless you make all the 10 players out.
Sri Lanka played the game very positively against the Australian team. First of all they (Sri Lanka) put up a good total on the board after the top order of the Sri Lanka collapsed. But Jayawardena (51) & Dishan (61) has put a very good partnership and saved the Sri Lanka from yet another poor batting performance. C Silva played a cameo but the tail of Sri Lanka could not drag the total to 250 but end up with a reasonable total of 221.
Australian openers Gilchrist (83 off 50 balls) & Hopes started an first wicket partnership of 107 runs without loss of any wicket and everybody thought that Australia is cruising to victory. But the 2 openers departed after good partnership and suddenly the middle order of the Australian team collapsed. The Sri Lanka bowlers pitched the ball at right areas to get rid of the players like Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, etc. Symonds got out to a wide ball & he was duck out. Ponting, Gilchrist, Symonds, Hussey & Clarke are the main batsman without them it is hard for Australian team to win the game. But I was wrong again the match turned towards the Australian team way. Brett Lee & Bracken took the Australian team close to the winning target with 14 more need in 13 balls but Jayasuriya bowled a beauty which was not short enough to pull the ball. But Brett Lee tried to pull ball and missed it. He was clean bowled and the Sri Lanka team won the game very narrowly. Australia was bowled out for 208 in 48.1 overs. Mathew Hayden was rested for this match.
Both India & Sri Lanka were able to win the game against the Australians because of Aussies overconfidence & poor form of players like Ponting, Symonds & Hussey. The Indian & Sri Lankan teams improved the fielding & bowling very drastically and not allowing the Aussies batsman to get away with a flyer. Only in the one game Australia scored more than 300 runs & India chased it but lost the game narrowly. So other teams also should plan well & stop the dominance of Australian cricket team in the World Cricket.
By Madhu Vamsi… 🙂