Australia begins second campaign in India, topples Rohit Sharma early

 . Last updated on September 21, 2017, 2:40 PM
Australia begins second campaign in India, topples Rohit Sharma early
Rohit Sharma lost his wicket at paltry runs. Australia might have a good day at Eden Garden.


Australia's form has never been this low. In last 10 ODIs, the team has won only a single ODI. And the win was against Ireland, which is not even in the top 8 teams on ICC charts. Spin is considered as the top reason behind his low form of the team. Back in 2016, Australia faced a Test whitewash by 3-0 against Sri Lanka. After the series, the team recovered its form, but it was only partial. Only the top players like Steven Smith, David Warner and the top order could play spin especially in Asian condition. In the Bangladesh tour, the team lost the first match, even if it leveled the two-match series on the next.

In the match against India, the first ODI at Chennai, the technical lapses in batting were apparent as futile against India bowlers. The only resistance was from Glenn Maxwell against India bowlers. In the fixture, the run scoring ability of Aussies hit a serious road block at India's spin capabilities. On the other hand, India found its new ensemble of bowling attacks. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav emerged as the top attacks alongside Jasprit Bumrah.

In the second ODI, India opted to bat first. Australia has an early success taking down Rohit Sharma at paltry score. India might want to keep the score at least more than 300 to put the visitors on a challenge. Sharma has an excellent record against Australia with an average of 113.42 at Eden Garden, but his wicket at the beginning is a serious attack on India's stance. It might be also a comeback for Australia and level the series, if the rest of the lineup cannot find strong partnerships. The Eden Garden pitch did not help India in the first 10 overs, with slow run rate. With Kohli and Rahane on strike, the score barely reached 50.

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