India vs Australia 1st ODI: In this low-scoring match, despite Australia being bowled out for 188 runs, India had to struggle to reach victory and Rahul-Jadeja’s partnership changed the match.
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Mumbai: ODI series after Test series India Has started with a win against Australia. Mitchell Marsh’s explosive innings on a pitch on which fast bowlers from both teams wreaked havoc at the Wankhede Stadium, KL Rahul’s fighting innings proved to be a big difference in difficult conditions. Even after dismissing Australia for just 188 runs, Team India did not get success easily but the excellent partnership of Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja won by 5 wickets.
Three years ago, the ODI series between India and Australia started at the Wankhede Stadium itself and in that match, Australia unilaterally defeated India. The Indian team was all out in that match but Australia defeated India without losing any wicket. This time a lot of wickets fell from both the sides but the game was in the hands of Team India.
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The Australian team, which was all out for just 188 runs in front of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya, had shocked India as well. Especially the havoc of left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc was seen. In his very first spell, Stark took the 3 biggest wickets in the form of Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill.
Kohli and Surya were out LBW on consecutive balls. By the 11th over, India had lost 4 wickets for just 39 runs, which increased the tension of Team India.
#TeamIndia go 1⃣-0⃣ up in the series!
An unbeaten 1⃣0⃣8⃣-run partnership between @klrahul , @imjadeja as India sealed a 5⃣-wicket win over Australia in the first #INDvAUS ODI 👍 👍
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— BCCI (@BCCI) Mar 17, 2023
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Rahul-Jadeja stood firm
Captain Hardik Pandya played some good shots and along with KL Rahul tried to handle the innings. Both also shared a 44-run partnership, but in the 20th over, Marcus Stoinis dismissed Pandya and put India on the back foot again. From here Rahul got the support of Ravindra Jadeja. Playing very carefully, both the batsmen slowly brought the team closer to victory. During this, Rahul completed his 13th half-century. In the 40th over, Jadeja gave the team victory by hitting 2 fours. There was a partnership of 108 runs between Rahul and Jadeja.
Marsh’s strong start
Talking about Australia’s innings, it was divided into two parts. Before and after the 20th over. In the absence of David Warner, Marsh was dropped for the opening. Despite the dismissal of Travis Head in the second over itself, Marsh continued his batting and kept Australia in a good position. Then Ravindra Jadeja made Marsh his victim in the 20th over. By this time Australia’s score was 129 runs.
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Shami-Siraj did a bad job
After this, Australia slowly started losing wickets. Especially Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj spoiled Australia’s work after the 30th over. Australia had lost their fifth wicket on the score of 169 and after that the whole team collapsed on 188 in the 35th over. During this, Shami (3/17) took 3 wickets in 15 consecutive balls without giving any runs, while Siraj (3/29) also took 2 more wickets. Ravindra Jadeja also took 2 important wickets.