Shami’s fifer in the first innings and half centuries by Gill, Ruturaj, Surya, and Rahul in the chase helped India to a comfortable win against Australia in the 1st ODI. This is India’s first win at this venue since 1996. By this, India took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Odi series.
How has the match moved?
In the opening ODI of the three-match series, India chose to bowl first after winning the toss, taking into account the venue statistics and dew factor. In the first over of the match, Mitchell Marsh was removed by Shami, marking an important turning point. Given the playing field’s conditions and Mitchell Marsh’s performance history, he might have been a threat. But then Steve Smith and David Warner stitched the partnership together. When Shreyas Iyer dropped David Warner, he took advantage of the opportunity and scored fifty runs.
When David Warner attempted to attack the spinners, Jadeja dismissed him.
Shami got rid of Smith, who also seemed in excellent form.
Unfortunately, Labuschagne was stumped off as the ball deflected through Rahul’s pads.
Josh Inglis scored an impressive 45 runs before being sent out by Bumrah.
No Australian batter was able to convert a strong start into a big score.
Autralia posted 276 runs in total.
Indian openers had a great start in the chase. They both scored half-centuries. In the subsequent overs, Adam Zampa dismissed them.
Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer depart early as well.
Then KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav came together to form a partnership. They both scored half a century, leading India to an easy victory.
- Mohammad Shami (5 wickets)
- Shubman Gill (74 runs)
- Ruturaj Gaikwad (71 runs)
- K.L. Rahul (58 runs)
- David Warner(52 runs)
- Suryakumar Yadav (50 runs)
What Captains said after the match?
Pat Cummins (Australia Captain): Personally, I’m happy to be back. It was good to get my first game in India. A few guys batted well, and a few guys bowled well, but overall, not good enough. (On injuries, they’d probably not be ready for the second game, maybe the third game.) Maxi has just arrived in India. Smith’s first hit as well, and Davey was brilliant. It was good to see them out there together. We’ve got one eye on the big tournament, but you want to set the standards early and build a good rhythm.
KL Rahul (India Captain): (On captaincy) Not the first time, always happens with me. I’m used to it, I love it. I think the intensity in the afternoon was great, after Colombo this felt like heaven in the start but it was really hot and humid. It gets tough and physically challenging, but we’ve all worked on our fitness and that’s showing on the field. We only played five bowlers, so they had to bowl 10 overs. After Shubman got out, it was a bit tricky with the set batter out. But managed to build a good partnership with Surya, need to put myself in such challenging situations. (On partnership with Surya) We kept talking about hitting good cricket shots, rotating the strike and this is something all our batters are working on. We didn’t want to get bogged down, we were always on par so we wanted to take it deep.