Shikhar Dhawan’s poor form with the bat continued in the ongoing second ODI too as he once again threw away a great star to depart for 21 against Australia in Nagpur. India had a poor start with the bat. Skipper Virat Kohli lost the toss for the fourth time in a row as Aaron Finch asked India to bat first. However, the start became only worse as Rohit Sharma departed in the very first-over for a six-ball duck.
Shikhar Dhawan, who had registered a duck in the previous game, and Virat Kohli then calmed down the nerves in the dressing room but the two could not big a build partnership. Dhawan was looking in his elements as he had already struck four boundaries to race away to 21 before he fell to part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell. And Dhawan has only himself to blame for as he played a horrendous shot to throw away his wicket. The southpaw went for a half-pull on the the tough pitch which did not the pace or carry.
Not very surprisingly, he missed to make any contact with the ball which went on to hit him on the front pad. Maxwell & Co. went up in unison only to see the umpire giving his decision in the favour of the batsman. However, Maxwell was confident he had got his man and immediately reviewed the decision after convincing his skipper. Well, the allrounder was spot on as the HawkEye showed Three Reds. Consequently, both the India openers returned to hut with just 38 runs on the board.
Here is a clip of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket:
India, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their winning run over Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli & Co. are up against Australia at a venue where the stats are firmly on their side. So far, India and Australia have played three games in Nagpur and the hosts have ended up on the winning side on each occasion. Interestingly, India playing against Australia at this venue in 2009 was the first-ever ODI at this venue.