Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) and Jasprit Bumrah    Getty Images
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) and Jasprit Bumrah Getty Images

Australia skipper Steven Smith has described Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as currently the best death bowlers after his team suffered a five-wicket loss in the third ODI at Indore. Opener Aaron Finch (124) had propelled Australia to 242 for 2 in 38 overs with his fiery century but the visitors struggled to score briskly in slog overs to settle for 293 for 6. India then overhauled the target without fuss to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

“I think a mixture of guys making probably the wrong decisions on the wrong balls. Also, some pretty well executed bowling. I think Bumrah and Bhuvi are probably two of the best death bowlers going around, particularly when the wicket sort of slows up a little bit as it did. We still need to find a way. We set a template really well”, a dejected Smith said.

Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar never allowed Australian batsmen to score freely despite having the opportunity to play aggressive cricket. Smith said it has actually become a “trend” for his side to get closer to winning games but they end up losing them.

Smith added that it is difficult to say that things would have been different if they had played Adam Zampa instead of Ashton Agar. “You can have an argument for that. I thought Ashton (Agar) bowled well at times. Probably a little full to (Hardik) Pandya at times. He was obviously sent out to attack him. I thought that was our best chance of getting him out while he was trying to go after him. He didn’t execute his skills as well we would have liked. And when he did get it right, bowled a bit wider, bowled a bit shorter. That wasn’t our day.”