1st ODI: First Shami, Siraj’s 3-3 wickets then KL Rahul’s brilliant batting gave India victory

1st ODI: First Shami, Siraj’s 3-3 wickets then KL Rahul’s brilliant batting gave India victory

MumbaiKL Rahul scored an unbeaten 75 in a crucial 108-run sixth-wicket partnership with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as India beat Australia by five wickets with 61 balls to spare in a low-scoring match. With the win at the Wankhede Stadium, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Captain Hardik Pandya elected to bowl after India won the toss, with the pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj setting the pace for Australia. Broke the back and the whole team got piled on just 188 runs. However, in a low-scoring match, India’s batsmen could not do much and lost 5 wickets for 83 runs. But after that the pair of Rahul and Jadeja gave victory to India.

There were many ups and downs in this match played at Wankhede, first of all Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh played a brilliant inning of 81 runs in 65 balls, then it seemed that the batsmen were going to dominate today, but it did not happen. The bowlers did better except Marsh, Rahul and Jadeja. Chasing 189 runs, the Indian batsmen did not have a good start and lost their first wicket in the form of Ishan Kishan at the score of 5. At the same time, on the score of 16, the team got 2 major setbacks in the form of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, who were hunted by Mitchell Starc for 2 consecutive balls. Although he failed to get the hat-trick, Lokesh Rahul, who came out to bat after that, along with Shubman Gill took the score to 39 runs in the first 10 overs. Gill then returned to the pavilion after playing an innings of 20 runs.

After this, Rahul got the support of captain Hardik Pandya and together they shared a 44-run partnership for the 5th wicket to bring the team back into the match. After this, captain Hardik Pandya (25 runs in 31 balls) lost his wicket and with this India had lost their 5 wickets till the score of 83, after this, Ravindra Jadeja, who came to bat on the field, walked in form with Rahul. Together they pushed the score forward. Both did not give any chance to the Australian team to come back in any way. Rahul completed his half-century in 71 balls, between Rahul and Jadeja, there was a match-winning 108-run partnership for the 6th wicket, on which the Indian team won the match. This target was achieved at the loss of 5 wickets in 39.5 overs. Jadeja and Rahul took India to victory, sharing an unbeaten century partnership to dash Australia’s hopes of victory.

Abbreviated Score:
Australia 188 in 35.4 overs (Mitchell Marsh 81, Steve Smith 22; Mohammed Shami 3-17, Mohammed Siraj 3-29) India 191/5 in 39.5 overs (KL Rahul 75 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 45 not out, Hardik Pandya 25; Mitchell Starc 3-49, Marcus Stoinis 2-27) India won by five wickets.

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