Australia have won a huge victory rolling back the years to a performance that looked like one of past glories as they thrashed India in Pune. Australia’s first innings score of 260 look precarious with Matt Renshaw top scoring with 68 and Umesh Yadav taking four wickets. The bowling star however was to come from the Australians as Steve O’Keefe took India apart taking 6 wickets as India collapsed to 105 all out.
The second innings was almost de ja vous. Steve Smith got a century but there was not much support As Australia added 285 and Ravichandran Ashwin this time took 4 wickets. It was far too much for India as O’Keefe took 6 more wickets and Nathan Lyon joined in the fun0 taking the other four.as the Aussie spinners dominated with India only getting 2 more than their first innings. A huge 333 run win for Australia on a pitch that was later criticised by the ICC. India were very confident going into this series, it will have been dented after this poor batting showing.
India have ensured a one days series win over England after big hitting in Cuttack. The key for India was an excellent 150 from Yuvraj Singh and a classic 134 with six sixes from Indian captain MS Dhoni. This enabled them to put a huge 381 on the board in their 50 overs despite the best efforts of Chris Woakes who took four wickets but he had little support with the ball. England gave the chase a good go, opener Jason Roy scored 82 and Moeen Ali kept England in it with a 55 just as England looked like they were struggling. Needing 27 off 10 balls England Captain Eoin Morgan on 102 was their best chance, he was run out at that point which effectively sealed India’s win. England batted out the overs but India had 15 runs too many in the end sealing the series win with one game still to go.
Australian Captain Steve Smith supported by Peter Handscomb made light work of a target set by Pakistan to ensure Australia re-take the lead in their one day series. Pakistan batted first, Babar Azam top scored with 84 but they never truly got going as Josh Hazlewood took three wickets at key times to disrupt the rhythm. Their total of 263 never looked enough and so it proved. Handscomb hit 82 and Smith was there at the end with 102 not out as the two put on a partnership of 183. The Aussies were always ahead of the run chase and it was fitting that Smith got his century at the end to seal victory. The sides meet in two more contests so it is not over yet, but Pakistan will need to bat better to keep it alive.
Kohli and Jadhav set up India in monster run chase
India completed a huge chase of 350 to take the first ODI against England in Pune. England may have thought they had a winning score on the board with Jason Roy Joe Root and Ben Stokes all making half centuries. However the fact nobody went on to make a hundred ultimately left them short. In reply Virat Kohli hit his 27th ODI hundred with 5 sixes and Kedar Jadhav hit 120 scoring his half century off only 29 balls to put India in contention. England did not take enough wickets and Handik Pandya with 40 not out was there at the end to finish off what Kohli and Jadhav had set up, hitting a six to win it with 11 balls to spare and continue India’s run as England are yet to beat India at any level on tour so far.
Pakistan have made a fist of their ODI series against Australia with victory in Melbourne. Australia never had enough on the board with only Steve Smith getting a half century in a total of 220. Mohammad Hafeez played the key knock of 72 to keep Pakistan ahead of the run chase and they got home with 14 balls to spare. The first win in a contest of any sort for Pakistan on this tour which will be a confidence boost for the rest of this series.
1st Innings centuries from Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb set the tone for Australia to take a 1-0 lead against Pakistan at the Gabba. Superb bowling spells from Jackson Bird and Josh Hazlewood then ensured Pakistan collapsed to 142 all out and despite a spirited fight in the 2nd innings including a century from Sharfraz Ahmed, They fell just 39 runs short of an incredible comeback and what would have been a record final inning total.
Smith and Warner put Pakistan’s bowling to the sword
Despite scoring over 400 in their first innings and a double century from Azhar Ali, Pakistan could not stop the power of Australia as Steve Smith (165 not out) continued his brilliant for to hit another century aided by David Warner (144) and Mitchel Starc (83) as the Aussies hit 624. Starc then delivered with the ball with four wickets to help bowl Pakistan out for a mere 163 to take a 2-0 lead and a win by an innings and 19 runs.
In a low scoring game in Colombo Australia fought back from the whitewash test series to take the lead in the 5 game ODI series. Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka with 87 Not Out as they posted 227 for Australia to chase.An excellent performance from James Faulkner taking four wickets kept the pressure on Sri Lanka. A pivotal innings of 58 from Steve Smith kept Australia ahead of the chase. opener Aaron Finch got 56 as the Green and Golds got home with 19 balls to spare.
ODI Game 2
On a slow pitch Sri Lanka posted what proved to be a score that was far too much for Australia to chase down. Kual Mendis hit 69, Angelo Mathews walloped two big sixes in his 57 as Sri Lanka set a target of 288. Australia got nowhere near it in reply as a superb bowling spell from Amila Aponso taking 4 Wickets for just 18 runs kept the pressure on. Thisara Perera took the key wicket of Matthew Wade (76) and the hosts eased to an 82 run win to level the series at 1-1.
Rangana Herath took 13 wickets in the match including 7 wickets in the key second innings helping Sri Lanka whitewash Australia 3-0 in the series. The first innings suggested a good tight contest, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva getting Centuries for Sri Lanka with Shaun Marsh and and Steve Smith responding for Australia to give the visitors a small 24 run lead. Kaushaul Silva hit 115 while de Silva’s 65 Not Out put the pressure on Australia setting a target of 324 to win.With a pitch increasingly friendly to the spin of Herath, the Green and Gold’s got nowhere near the target being bowled out for 160. Only David Warner with 68 put up any sort of resistance, but it was Herath’s day and series as Australia never coped with the conditions throughout.
Australia have wrapped up the series against the West Indies by taking a 2-0 lead after a masterclass of batting in the first innings saw four players pick up centuries. Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith and Adam Voges all got into 3 figures as Australia piled on 552-3 in there first innings. The side from the Caribbean never recovered being bowled out for 271 as James Pattison and Nathan Lyon took four wickets each.
Australia did not enforce the following on hitting a quickfire 179-3 before declaring with Smith scoring another excellent 70 not out, ensuring he hit over 200 runs in the two innings being not out on both occasions. Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin got half centuries in the second innings but the target was too much with Australia winning by 177 runs and sealing the series with a game to spare as a result.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
2nd Test at The MCG, Melbourne
West Indies V Australia
Australia 552-3 Dec (Khawaja 144, Smith 134*, Burns 128, Voges 106*)