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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

India vs Australia: 4th ODI report card – Sloppy Rishabh Pant, dew cost Virat Kohli & co the match

Here’s a look at the performance of all the Indian team members in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2019 12:02 IST
Rohan Pathak
Rohan Pathak
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with teammates walk off the field after the fourth ODI against Australia.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with teammates walk off the field after the fourth ODI against Australia.(PTI)

After putting up 358/9 on the board and taking two early wickets, India were well and truly on their way to clinch the five-match ODI series in Mohali on Sunday, however, a dismal performance on the field cost India the match.

Rishabh Pant had an abysmal day behind the sumps, missing multiple stumping chances. Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropped catches in the 47th over which made matters even worse.

Here’s a look at the performance of all the Indian team members in the fourth ODI.

Rohit Sharma – Rating: 9/10, Verdict: Very good

Rohit Sharma raced back to form with a spectacular innings of 95 runs from 92 balls. This was his first half-century in six innings. The vice-captain thrashed seven fours and two sixes and strung a 193-run partnership for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. They have recorded the highest number of century stands (five) against Australia.

Shikhar Dhawan – Rating: 9/10, Verdict: Very good

When most fans and experts were calling for Shikhar Dhawan to be dropped, the opening batsman came out and blasted his way to 143 runs off 115 balls. The Delhi batsman thrashed 18 boundaries and 3 sixes during his innings. However, Dhawan missed an easy catch off Ashton Turner’s bat in the 47th over. It didn’t make much of a difference in the match, but Dhawan would certainly want to ensure that such mistakes don’t happen again.

KL Rahul – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Poor

KL Rahul, who was brought into the side instead of Ambati Rayudu, failed to continue his form from the T20 series. He got a start of 26 runs from 31 balls, but was out caught behind to Adam Zampa when he tried to play a late cut. The Karnataka batsman will certainly look to get a big score in the next match.

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Virat Kohli – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very poor

Virat Kohli managed just 7 runs off 6 balls in the fourth ODI, but he didn’t have enough time to get his eye in as he walked out to bat at the 38th over. Kohli batted at number four since the team management wanted to give more game time to KL Rahul at number three. The Indian captain nicked a delivery from Jhye Richardon and was out caught behind.

Rishabh Pant – Rating: 3/10, Verdict: Very Poor

Rishabh Pant got a major wake-up call in the fourth ODI. The Delhi cricketer played his part as a batsman with a score of 36 runs from 24 balls, but his mistakes behind the stumps cost India the match. The wicket-keeper missed three stumping chances and the captain wasn’t impressed when Pant tried to effect a run out by pulling off a no look back flick. When Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a wide in the 44th over, Pant could have easily stumped Ashton Turner, since he was outside of the crease. But Pant failed to gather the ball in time. Turner, who was on 38 at that time, went on to play a match-winning innings of 84* runs.

Kedar Jadhav – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very Poor

Kedar Jadhav, who needs some time to get his eye in, didn’t have that luxury in the fourth ODI, since he walked out to bat in the 44th over. Jadhav managed just 10 runs with the bat and was taken for 44 runs in his five-over spell. He missed a simple catch towards the end of Australia’s innings as well.

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Vijay Shankar – Rating: 7/10, Verdict: Good

Vijay Shankar provided the perfect finish for India with an innings of 26 runs from 15 balls. Shankar struck one four and two sixes during his innings. The all-rounder chipped in with an economical spell as well. Shankar conceded 29 runs in five overs for no wicket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Rating: 5/10, Verdict: Average

Bhuvneshwar Kumar got India off to a great start with the wicket of Aaron Finch in the first over of Australia’s innings. But thereafter, the speedster failed to get wickets and ended the match with an economy rate of 7.44. The fast bowler was struck for 7 boundaries and 3 sixes in his innings.

Kuldeep Yadav – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Poor

Kuldeep Yadav got the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell but even he was taken for runs in the fourth ODI. The chinaman bowler conceded 64 runs in his 10 overs, in which he was hit for four boundaries and a six. Kuldeep plays a crucial role in the middle overs and more wickets are expected from him.

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Yuzvendra Chahal – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very Poor

Yuzvendra Chahal was a big disappointment in the fourth ODI. The leg-spinner was taken for 80 runs in his ten overs and he got just the one wicket of Peter Handscomb. Chahal had a tough time gripping the ball because of the dew on the field and Pant missed an easy stumping chance off his bowling as well.

Jasprit Bumrah – Rating: 5/10, Verdict: Average

Jasprit Bumrah had a rare off day as a death bowler when he was taken for 16 runs in the 46th over. The fast bowler picked up three wickets, but couldn’t control his economy rate. Bumrah conceded 63 runs in 8.5 overs. He was hit for seven fours and one six during the Australian innings.

First Published: Mar 11, 2019 11:58 IST

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