Rahul-Ravindra went after Shami-Siraj, India won by five wickets
Mumbai (Best Hindu News): After a strong performance by the bowlers, KL Rahul (75 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (45 not out) stitched a memorable century partnership as India registered a five-wicket win against Australia in the first one-day international on Friday.
This is India’s first win at the Wankhede Stadium after 12 years. With the win, India avenged the defeat against Australia at this ground three years back.
Batting first, Australia scored 188 runs losing all ten wickets and gave India a target of 189 runs to win, chasing which Team India looked in trouble after losing their five important wickets for just 83 runs. But the all-rounder Jadeja, who came to the crease, supported India firmly at one end and took India to the door of victory. Both the batsmen showed composure to take on the Australian bowling attack and sealed the match with 61 balls to spare.
With Rahul returning to form, he made the innings played at Wankhede memorable. He spent 176 minutes at the crease and hit seven fours and a six in 91 balls, while Jadeja at the other end proved his usefulness in the team, not only taking two Australian wickets but also taking the team in trouble. Gave me a chance to smile while making money with the bat.
After the dismissals of Ishan Kishan (3), Virat Kohli (4) and explosive Surya Kumar Yadav (0), India’s condition had become thin. Later, after Shubman Gill (20) and Hardik Pandya (25) returned to the pavilion, there was a wave of enthusiasm in the Australian camp, but the batting depth of the team was again visible and the visitors were disappointed.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Indian captain Hardik Pandya invited Australia to bat first, proving that Mohammad Siraj (3 wickets for 29 runs) and Mohammad Shami (3 wickets for 17 runs) hit, due to which Australia’s innings was just They were bundled out for 188 runs in 35.4 overs.
The veteran Australian batsman was seen begging for water in front of the pair of Shami and Siraj amid the sweltering heat at the Wankhede Stadium packed with spectators. The visiting batsmen looked uneasy from the beginning till the end of the innings in front of the sizzling balls of the experienced Shami and young Siraj.
Apart from opener Mitchell Marsh (81), no other batsman could spend much time at the crease. On the other hand, apart from Kuldeep Yadav (one wicket for 48 runs), Ravindra Jadeja (two wickets for 46 runs), Hardik Pandya (one wicket for 29 runs) did not give the kangaroos a chance to freeze, as a result the entire team was dismissed for 188 runs. Returned
The edge of the Indian attack can be gauged from the fact that five Australian batsmen proved unsuccessful in reaching their personal score to double digits. Amidst the fall of wickets on one side, Marsh displayed vitality, hitting five long sixes and ten fours in his 65-ball innings. Apart from him, captain Steven Smith (22) and Jos Inglis (26) tried unsuccessfully to accelerate the team’s scoreboard.
At one time, Australia was heading towards a big score of 129 runs in the 20th over losing two wickets, but as soon as Marsh was dismissed, the wicket started falling, which continued till the whole team reached the pavilion.