India defeated Australia by five wickets in the first ODI played at Wankhede in Mumbai. Batting first after losing the toss, the Australian team was reduced to 188 runs in 35.4 overs. Mitchell Marsh played a superb innings of 81 runs for the Aussies.
In reply, India achieved the target for the loss of five wickets in 39.5 overs. KL Rahul returned to form and played an unbeaten knock of 75 runs off 91 balls with excellent batting. Apart from him, Ravindra Jadeja also remained unbeaten by scoring 45 runs.
Chasing the target, India lost four wickets for 39 runs at one point. After this, Rahul shared a partnership of 44 runs with captain Hardik Pandya. After Hardik’s dismissal, Jadeja and Rahul shared an unbeaten partnership of 108 runs for the sixth wicket.
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With this win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series over Australia. Now the next ODI will be played in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Team India defeated Australia in ODI after 16 years at Wankhede Stadium.
Australia had set a target of 189 runs in front of India. The Aussies were reduced to 188 runs in 35.4 overs. At one point Australia’s score was 129 for two, after which the team lost eight wickets to score 59 runs. Australia scored 129 runs for two wickets in only 19.3 overs. Then Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne were at the crease.
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Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Marsh and after that the entire team collapsed in 35.4 overs. That is, within 17 overs, India finished Australia’s innings. Mitchell Marsh scored the most runs for Australia. He played a blistering innings of 81 runs in 65 balls and full of dazzling strokeplay . Marsh’s drives , cuts ,pulls were a treat to watch ,specially his straight six off Siraj Apart from Marsh , no batsman stayed long enough with Smith (22) & Inglis (26) being the only other two main contributors . Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj took three wickets each and they got some swing . Jadeja took 2 wickets .
Batting first, Australia had a poor start. Travis Head became the victim of Siraj by scoring five runs. After this, Mitchell Marsh and captain Steve Smith shared a 72-run partnership for the second wicket. Smith was caught by Hardik Pandya at the hands of wicketkeeper KL Rahul. He could score 22 runs. After this, Marsh shared a 52-run partnership for the third wicket with Labuschagne. Marsh was finally caught by Jadeja at the hands of Siraj. He returned to the pavilion after playing a blistering innings of 81 runs in 65 balls with the help of 10 fours and five sixes. His strokeplay was a treat to watch.
The entire Australian team collapsed as soon as Marsh was dismissed. Labuschagne was caught by Kuldeep at the hands of Jadeja. He could score 15 runs. After this, the skills of Mohammed Shami was seen. He took three wickets in his three overs. Josh Inglis was first bowled in the 28th over. He could score 26 runs. After this, Cameron Green was bowled by Shami brilliantly in the 30th over. Green could score 12 runs. Then in the 32nd over, Marcus Stoinis was caught in the slip by Shubman Gill. Stoinis got out after scoring five runs.
Jadeja got Maxwell caught by Hardik. Maxwell could score eight runs. At the same time, Siraj dismissed Shaun Abbott and Adam Zampa to wrap up the Australian innings for 188 runs. Shami and Siraj took three wickets each, while Jadeja got two wickets. Hardik and Kuldeep took one wicket each.
Chasing the target of 189 runs, the Indian team got off to a bad start. By 39 runs, India had lost its top four batsmen. Ishaan Kishan was lbw to Stoinis three runs. Then Starc had Virat Kohli lbw to an inswinger for four runs and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed without opening the account getting lbw to Starc . Mitchell Starc took three of the first four wickets. He was getting swing & looked superb in the first 3-4 overs At the same time, Stoinis dismissed Hardik Pandya apart from Ishaan.
However, Rahul and Jadeja handled the innings and withstood the pressure to win Team India. Rahul scored his 13th half-century in ODI career. He remained unbeaten on a fine 75 off 91 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. Rahul displayed lots of patience and good technique to counter the swing and did not try any silly shots with all the time available to score runs. Jadeja hit five fours in his superb innings of 45 runs in 69 balls. Jadeja never missed any loose balls and showed good technique and temperament to withstand the pressure of 80/5 . For Australia, Starc took three and Stoinis took two wickets.