19th September 2017 Aussie leggie Adam Zampa today said that getting M S Dhoni early could be crucial to the visitor’s fortunes in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens on September 21 against India.
"MS is an important wicket and we need to get him early. We could not do that in the last game," Zampa told reporters here ahead of the second rubber.
After guiding India to safety with a career-best 83 off 66 balls, the 23-year-old Pandya starred with the ball, picking the key wickets of Australia skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head to allow the hosts take 1-0 lead in the series.
"MS has been there for a long time. The way he timed his innings, in his whole career that has been his strength. For a young player like Hardik he was the guide at the other end. It was important for us to break that partnership. We couldn't do that. We've spoken about how important it is to strike against new batsman and we could not do that," the leg-spinner said.
The 23-year-old Pandya meted out special treatment to Adam Zampa taking him to the cleaners off three successive deliveries. “It was important to get Hardik off strike and we couldn't do that. Poor execution from me, I bowled two balls that were too full. Hardik's a very good player,” Zampa said.
The 25-year old said it was a challenge for him to do better against Pandya the next time the duo met on the field. "It was disappointing to get hit in one over like that. but then to get him out eventually did make a difference between 320 and 280. So I guess it's just how you get out of those situations. If it happens again, I will try and get him out and get out of the situation better," he said.
"The most disappointing thing the other day was to get a team for 3 for nothing and then to allow them to get out of that hole. It was tough playing just 20 overs. The wicket was spinning a bit and it was hard to pick the wrist spinners at night.
"The best thing during those situations is to take a deep breath and try and get that player off strike or take a wicket. That can be the difference between 20, 30, 40 runs we are chasing," he added.
The young spinner was however optimistic as the team possessed a variety of attacks: “We've got plenty of options. We have variety in our attack and we got quicks as well. They bowled very well to us. Particularly, when you are four down and they got two spinners who are very hard to pick. I think it could have been little bit different if it was a 50-over scenario. I think once it comes down to 20 overs it does become tough."
Earlier, because of the rains the Australian team practiced indoors with Steve Smith, Arron Foinch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head and David Warner batting for long at the nets. They bowled against the spinners most of the time.
The bowlers however sat the day out. Cloudy overcast conditions and intermittent rains meant that the Indian team took the day off.