As a unit, India are capable of producing performances of jaw-dropping brilliance, and mind-numbing collapses. On Wednesday (January 20), it was the latter. Chasing 349, India’s meltdown on the field left their fans exasperated and disappointed. From 277 for 1 in 37.2 overs to 323 in 49.2 overs, India collapsed like a house of cards against Australia, and those watching went through the whole range of emotions.

 

 

 

The 25-run defeat meant centuries from Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan went in vain, but at least they brought cheer.

 

 

 

 

 

There were lessons for a few players.

 

 

 

 

But the worthy winners earned plaudits.

 

 

 

 

 

There were pertinent questions about India’s team selection.

 

But even as their seniors hurtled to defeat, the India colts were gearing up for the Under-19 World Cup challenge in Bangladesh.

 

 

Before the match, David Warner turned detective. Fortunately, there was soon a happy reunion between him and his bat.

 

 

AB de Villiers had his own bat problems.

 

Away from all the on-field action, Dale Steyn found it hard to navigate through traffic back home.

 

But he was not the only one.

 

Chris Gayle was getting inked, but kept the suspense up.

And Kieron Pollard sent out birthday wishes to his son.