India eye strong comeback in Gabba after Perth disappointment

first_imgIndia will be under pressure to bounce back against Australia in the second one-day international at the Gabba tomorrow. MS Dhoni’s men, despite dominating in certain patches in Perth, ended up losing by five wickets to concede a 1-0 series lead to the hosts.After a horrid time in one-day internationals last year, India started 2016 on a positive note. They lost Shikhar Dhawan early but Rohit Sharma smashed a record-breaking 171 not out and stitched 207 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli (91). India’s 309/3 was a middling total, especially because they were well placed at 149/1 after 30 overs.However, all would have seemed well after debutant Barinder Sran reduced the Aussies to 21/2. The pacers had finally come to the party for Dhoni but he was let down by his two most trusted spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja leaked 129 runs in 18 overs.Dhoni had no clue what hit him as centurions Steve Smith and George Bailey clobbered 246 runs for the third wicket and took Australia home comfortably.There will be plenty at stake for India, who can ill afford to lose the Brisbane ODI. The pitch is expected to be a belter and that means plenty of runs from two star-studded batting line-us.India’s top-order has been in fine form – Dhawan missed out in the first ODI but he did get some runs in the first warm-up. Rohit, despite his travais in Test cricket, has been in sensational one-day form – he now has innings of 150 in two successive series against South Africa and Australia.advertisementKohli carried on from his good form in the Delhi Test and hit a polished 91. Ajinkya Rahane, not yet sure of his batting position, enjoys batting in Australia and will be the middle-order pivot tomorrow.These men will need to fire at the Gabba after India appeared a little confused about the kind of target they needed to set Australia. Dhoni promoted himself up the order but did not really set the stage on fire. Rohit and Kohli, perhaps, should have pressed on the accelerator a lot earlier.This is an inexperienced Australian attack and India will need to make the most of the absence of Mitchell Starc.Australia will also miss David Warner tomorrow and for the third ODI Tuesday. Shaun Marsh, who was dropped from the Test side despite a fine hundred against the West Indies, could be included to partner Aaron Finch even though Usman Khawaja has been named Warner’s replacement.Smith, Bailey amd Glenn Maxwell make a deadly middle-order and they will be itching to go and play some big shots at the Gabba.Rohit was very disappointed after losing the opening game and hoped the team would bounce back strongly in the subsequent matches. If India can actually bounce back, the series will be nicely set up between two of the best limited-overs sides in the world.last_img

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