Mackay: India’s under-fire bowlers will need to put up a much-improved show as they face the ignominy of a clean sweep against an Australian team, which is looking for its 27th win on the trot, during the third and final women’s ODI here on Sunday.
A marginal no-ball call off the final delivery bowled by Jhulan Goswami found India on the wrong side of the result in the second WODI.
The match indeed was a humdinger but not being able to defend a total as big as 274 after having the home team on the mat for the better part doesn’t speak highly of Mithali Raj’s outfit.
There is a trend in cricket, the sides that snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in close games like India did on Friday, end up losing both momentum and confidence in their next few games.
The manner in which Beth Mooney, who opened in absence of Rachel Haynes along with Tahlia McGrath and Nicola Carey, snatched the game away would hurt for a long time. And they could do it with ease without any contribution from one of their best batters Alyssa Healy and the iconic captain Meg Lanning.
India’s bowling attack barring Goswami, who is in a league of her own, hasn’t delivered throughout 2021. A lot of it is due to the fact that the Indian cricket establishment failed to find a worthy new ball partner for Goswami once Amita Sharma left the scene a decade back.
If India lose this series 0-3, chances of which look imminent, then they would have lost nine out of their last 11 50-over games which isn’t the best preparation going into the WODI World Cup in New Zealand early next year.
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