They bowled with pace, aggression, and most importantly hit the right lengths. Sometimes, bowlers get carried away by the extra bounce and pace on offer but that wasn’t the case here. But both showed considerable discipline.
Yes, the strip was hard and bouncy, as Perth
wickets tend to be. But still, you need to go there and execute your plans. So full marks to the way they have bowled. I was equally impressed with Mohit Sharma
. He is a trier and sustained the pressure created by Shami and Umesh. I have always advocated the three-seamer strategy abroad and it has been fully vindicated.
The spinners carried forth their momentum. They have really complemented the pacers, especially Ravichandran Ashwin
, who I think has been the best bowler in this World Cup, so far. He has wonderfully used his variations and guile, varied his pace and length, apart from striking at crucial moments. Ashwin has created many a doubt in the minds of the batsmen and that has been a treat to watch. Ravindra Jadeja
, too, has performed his role to perfection, and India now have a lethal bowling unit — 40 wickets in four matches demonstrates just that. This is champion stuff.
Though there were a few hiccups in achieving the target, it was a comprehensive win nonetheless.