Death bowl­ing breathes life into Aussies

Sport360 - - Cricket News - By Sud­hir Gupta @Sport360

Aus­tralia’s stand-in coach David Saker cred­ited his bowlers for keep­ing their cool dur­ing the death overs that se­cured vic­tory for the vis­i­tors in the fourth ODI against In­dia in Bangalore.

Aaron Finch and David Warner’s 231-run stand for the open­ing wicket helped Aus­tralia post a 335-run tar­get be­fore the Aussie fast bowlers snared six wick­ets and helped re­strict the scor­ing to 73 runs in the last 10 overs to se­cure their first win in an away ODI in 14 matches.

“Yeah, it was nice to win,” Saker said. “I think we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first two games to prob­a­bly get one win but we didn’t. And against an op­po­nent like this you’ve to re­ally play well and when the op­por­tu­ni­ties come up, you’ve to seize them. We didn’t do that.

“To be fair, it wasn’t one of our great per­for­mances – I thought we bat­ted well up to the 43rd over. We may have given some runs out there. But we ended up get­ting the points, which for me is a re­lief.”

Pace bowlers Kane Richard­son (3-58), Nathan Coul­ter-Nile (2-56) and Pat Cum­mins (1-59) were bril­liant through­out their quota of 10 overs and posed some tough ques­tions on a sticky Bangalore pitch.

“I think we took wick­ets at the re­ally im­por­tant times, which was cru­cial,” said Saker. “The game at times was slip­ping away from us but when it was, we took a wicket, which put the pres­sure back on the In­dian team. I thought our last ten overs was par­tic­u­larly good.

“We all know they have some dan­ger­ous hit­ters and when (MS) Dhoni came in, it was about some 15 runs per over but those were still the ner­vous times. Kane Richard­son was out­stand­ing at the back­end. And Pat Cum­mins.”

De­spite the win, Saker said the fact re­mains Aus­tralia have been be­low par on ODI cricket of late.

He said: “There have been days where we have bowled well but haven’t bat­ted well, and vice versa.

“We have to­keep think­ing about how to get bet­ter over­seas.”

“Kane Richard­son was out­stand­ing at the back-end.” – David Saker

Some­thing to smile about: Saker.

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