For the second game in a row, Australia crossed the 180-run mark as they posted an imposing total in the ongoing third T20I against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Having scored 194 in the previous game, the hosts finished their innings on 186 for 5 in the ongoing clash.
Matthew Wade was the star with the bat once again. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had scored 58 in the previous outing, top-scored for Australia, scoring 80. His impressive knock came off 53 balls and was studded with seven fours and a couple of sixes.
Glenn Maxwell also continued his fine form with the bat by scoring another fifty. The right-handed batsman scored 54 off 36 balls with the help three fours and as many sixes. For India, Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 34 off his four overs. T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur picked one wicket each.
Another factor behind Australia’s huge score was India’s disastrous fielding. The Indians players have been struggling with their fielding in the ongoing tour and their latest performance is definitely the worst. The players missed regulation catches and failed to make easy saves as Australia piled up the huge total.
Maxwell was dropped twice with Deepak Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal giving him reprieves. KL Rahul also missed an easy stumping when Steve Smith was well out of the crease. The other players were not good with their fielding either as fans and expert took to Twitter to slam India’s fielding standards.
One Twitter user went as far as asking whether ICC should look into the matter while others trolled and slammed India’s fielding.
Here are some of the reactions:
Should @ICC be looking into this T20 between India and Aus? So many silly dropped catches and fielding mistakes.
— Amrit Raj (@AmritRaj86) December 8, 2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 8, 2020
concerned India will drop the trophy at the presentation later #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 8, 2020
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 8, 2020
Could well be India’s worst fielding/catching day in modern times #IndvsAus
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 8, 2020
India has become worse than Pakistan in fielding ever since R Sridhar has been appointed the fielding coach….
If there is any accountability, he should be sacked after this series
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) December 8, 2020
One of the worst fielding we have ever seen after 2015 by Team India…. Ravi Shastri's great coaching showing results..???? pic.twitter.com/druottZ5wz
— Anindya (@AnindyaKalyani) December 8, 2020
— Nadeem (@_Nadeem007_) December 8, 2020
Catching for both teams this series has been quite badly under par. Regulation catches dropped more so for India. And some of our better fielders.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 8, 2020
India's Fielding Today :
Expectation. Reality pic.twitter.com/xdFiZp7Rny
— ` (@FourOverthrows) December 8, 2020
India's fielding has been a disaster this tour, even the best ones dropping the sitters. Might be a worrying sign ahead of tests, slip cordon and gully needs a well set and practiced unit! #AUSvIND
— funnyket (@AniketKumar31) December 8, 2020
Having seen at least 5 dropped catches in his overs, @imShard has been the worst affected victim of India's poor fielding in this series. For perspective, the leading wicket taker in this series (Natarajan) has 6 wickets so far!#INDvsAUS
— Amogh Pareek (@AmoghPareek7) December 8, 2020