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‘Australian cricket team relieved after breaking overseas hoodoo vs India’

Australia’s win over India in the fourth ODI was their first after losing 11 out of last 13 overseas ODIs that they played. Australia coach David Saker welcomed the great performance

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 29, 2017 09:25 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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Australian cricket team players celebrate after the dismissal of an Indian batsman during the fourth ODI in Bangalore.(AFP)

David Saker, the head coach of the Australian cricket team for the India series, has expressed relief after Steve Smith’s side defeated Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team by 21 runs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Thursday. (India vs Australia 4th ODI highlights)

Prior to the match, Australia had lost 11 out of 13 overseas ODIs and there was immense pressure on the team as India was gunning for 10 consecutive wins. However, David Warner’s ton and some good death bowling from Australia helped them end the overseas jinx. (India vs Australia 4th ODI Scorecard)

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Saker expressed relief.

“It wasn’t one of our great performances. I thought we batted well up to the 43rd over. We did not end well as we thought. We did not bowl well at the start. But we ended up winning which is a relief. The boys are really happy as well that they’ve got something out of it,” Saker said.

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Saker stated taking wickets at crucial times was the key in Australia denting India’s progress. “We took wickets at the really important time which was crucial. The game at times was slipping away from us but when it was we took a wicket which put the pressure back on the Indian team. I thought our last ten overs were particularly good.

Learning curve for Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa was picked in the Chennai ODI and it was in his over that Hardik Pandya clouted three consecutive sixes to change the course of the game. After being taken apart by Pandya in Chepauk, Zampa was not selected for the Kolkata and Indore ODIs. After Ashton Agar suffered a fractured finger which ruled him out for the series, Zampa was included in the Bangalore ODI.

Despite once again being hit by Pandya for two big sixes, the wristspinner picked up his wicket to finish with 1/63 from nine overs. Saker said this series was a big learning curve for Zampa.

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“We thought Ashton can control the game a little bit better than Adam. But, Zampa is a really good wicket-taker and quite an aggresssive bowler. We thought we wanted someone a little bit more defensive. He came in today and bowled some really good balls,” Saker said.

With Australia ending their overseas jinx in style, Smith’s side will be aiming for more respectability as they look to win the final ODI in Nagpur starting on October 1.

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 09:24 IST