Despite scoring a massive 309/3 in 50 overs, India lost the 1st ODI at Perth without much of a fight. The defeat comes as a anti-climax to the two comprehensive victories that the Men In Blue had earned in the two warm up games against Western Australia XI. In this article we analyse the reasons why India lost the match.
#1. Spinners did not come to the party
It was well understood during MS Dhoni’s statements in the post match conference that Jadeja and Ashwin could not get into the groove at Perth. Even though Ashwin bagged a couple of wickets towards the end, it did not amount to much in the bigger scheme of things. Together, the two Indian spinners bowled 18 overs, conceded 129 runs and bagged just 2 wickets. The skipper’s gamble in using a few overs from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also turned out to be a failure.
#2. Only one pacer on the field?
India went into the match with 3 lead pace bowlers – Barinder Sran, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav. However, it was only Sran’s 3-wicket haul that stood out among the figures of the trio, as both Bhuvi and Umesh went wicketless in the 19 overs that they bowled together. With the spinners failing to make good use of the lifeless WACA track, the onus was on the faster bowlers to contribute more holistically to defending the target. Clearly, that did not happen!
#3. Umpire’s howlers
Perhaps the most talked about issue in the 1st ODI has been Richard Kettleborough’s decision to hand a reprieve to George Bailey when he gloved a ball down the leg side to the wicket keeper, with the Aussie scorecard reading 21/2. Needless to say, the match might have acquired an altogether different hue had the moment gone in favour of the Indians. In the absence of DRS, the umpire’s decision could not be reversed and George Bailey went on to play India out of the contest with a majestic century.