Indian bowling ace Jasprit Bumrah is clearly no fan of the SCG pitch that has resembled a highway more than a road over the first two ODIs against Australia, as eagle-eyed fans have pointed out.
Fresh from an utterly dominant display in the IPL, in which Bumrah snared 27 wickets at an average of just under seven to guide the Mumbai Indians into the final, the batsman-friendly Sydney wicket clearly got the better of the Indian star.
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After being belted around the ground in the opening match, Bumrah resorted to kicking fielding markers in frustration on Sunday night after figures of just 1-79 in the second meeting between the two teams.
Bumrah’s outburst against the fielding markers was captured by a Twitter user who labelled it ‘not a good look’, while the Indian side’s tactics have been questioned after the first to matches of the series.
Indian vice-captain KL Rahul wasn’t shy about his strike bowler’s struggles, putting a little bit of pressure on the 26-year-old right-hander.
“We all know Jasprit is very fiery and competitive on the field,” Rahul said after Sunday’s match.
“He means a lot to this setup. We know the value of Jasprit.
“It’s about time that a champion player comes back and delivers and gets wickets for us.”
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) November 29, 2020
Australian batsmen feast against struggling Indian attack
David Warner (83), Aaron Finch (60) Steve Smith (104), Marnus Labuschagne (70) and Glenn Maxwell (63no) all scored freely during Sunday's ODI, when the tourists were forced to toil in 40C heat before a southerly change brought the temperature down.
Australia amassed a total of 4-389 at the SCG, marking the second time in ODI history that every member of a team's top five have passed 50.
The touring bowlers failed to create any sustained pressure.
Smith's century was superb but it was Warner and Finch's 12th partnership of 100-plus runs that put the game on Australia's terms.
Warner had few apprehensive moments before creating his own downfall, when he hustled back for a second run but was caught short by Shreyas Iyer's direct hit.
Finch was likewise unperturbed, apart from copping a full toss the body, until a mistimed leg glance created a catch for Kohli.
Australia, knowing India's bowlers will go a long way to deciding the winner of these limited-overs games but also the ensuing four-Test series, attacked both ODIs with a clear plan.
There was largely a risk-averse approach to star pacemen Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami but otherwise it was open slather.
Navdeep Saini started Sunday's spell with an attempted bouncer that instead landed on a perfect length for Warner to effortlessly hoick over the leg-side fence.
Warner and Finch successfully hit Saini out of the attack after a two-over spell that cost 21 runs.
Saini, who was hammered for 1-83 on Friday, finished Sunday with figures of 0-70 from seven overs.
The visitors' pace depth, which Shami talked up last week, will be tested in the four Tests.