Death bowling breathes life into Aussies
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.