In Stats: Rohit & Kohli Versus Smith & Bailey Partnership
Check out the difference between the batting performances of Australia and India through numbers in the first ODI.
- Between overs 11 and 38, India managed to only score 144 runs – at the rate of just over five runs an over.
- In contrast, Australia managed to score 188 runs in the same period at the rate of 6.71 runs per over.
- In the middle period of play (Overs 11-38), India played out 82 dot balls – 34 more than Australia’s 48.
On 11 occasions in the past, teams batting first at Perth had posted a total in excess of 280, but none had gone on to lose the game. So after MS Dhoni had won the toss and India had posted 309 on the board, the Indian dressing room must have been pretty confident of defending the total.
However, that was not to be as the Australian captain Steve Smith, together with George Bailey, stitched together a 242-run partnership and set the platform to overhaul India’s score.
Looking back at the events that unfolded during the day, one can point to several things that cost India the game. There was the decision against George Bailey that went against India, the experienced quicks failed to provide breakthroughs, run out and stumping opportunities weren’t converted, and most importantly the spinners turned out to be ineffective.
However, despite all this, what possibly cost India the match was their performance with the bat in the middle overs. After Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the seventh over, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli came together and stitched together a stupendous partnership. By the time Kohli was dismissed in the 45th over, the second wicket pair had added 207 runs and taken India to 243, with more than five overs remaining in the innings.
While the pair did well to keep the Australian bowlers at bay for a prolonged period and stitched together India’s best partnership in ODIs in Australia, what they could have done better was to milk the Australian bowlers for more runs. Between overs 11 and 38, India managed to only score 144 runs – at the rate of just over five runs an over. In contrast, Australia managed to score 188 runs in the same period at the rate of 6.71 runs per over.
With only five fielders within the 30-yard circle, it should have been fairly easy for two well-set batsmen to knock the ball into the gaps. That was not to be though, and that was possibly the period of play that hurt India.
What also hurt India was the number of deliveries they didn’t score of, especially in the middle overs. The table below compares the dot balls played by the two teams over the three periods of play; there is not much to separate the two teams in the first period of play (Overs 1 to 10) and in the final twelve overs. However, in the middle period of play (Overs 11-38), India played out 82 dot balls – 34 more than Australia’s 48. If only India had converted even half the 34 additional dot balls to scoring strokes, they would have set Australia a target in excess of 325.
A chase in excess of 325 could have panned out entirely differently!
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