Australia, at first sight, have proved that they are in India to challenge the indomitable host in their bastion. They were brilliant with the ball as they restrict Virat Kohli & Co for 255 runs in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Aussie skipper Aaron Finch was quick to opt to bowl first considering the dew factor and Mitchell Starc, who is playing an ODI in after almost seven years rewarded him with the early wicket of in-form Rohit Sharma. Since then, Shikhar Dhawan showed character alongside KL Rahul, who came at No. 3 but the bowlers did an outstanding job to slow down the run-rate.
The Indian duo had to rely mostly on singles while the odd boundaries came from here and there as India managed to post 45 runs in the first ten overs. Shikhar Dhawan finally got going and completed his half-century in 66 balls. Just when it looked like India were set for a big score with two set batsmen, KL Rahul threw his wicket to Ashton Agar, three short of his fifty.
Australia sensed an opportunity and made an excellent comeback picking three wickets in a quick span. They reduced India from 134 for one to 165 for five with all the batters back in the hut. Skipper Virat Kohli will be disgusted with himself for not utilising a good start and failing to deliver results at No. 4. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc showed class as they sent back Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer to take a step forward in the game.
Australia managed to keep up the pressure as India batters found it hard to knock the boundaries. Cummins and Starc were brilliant with the ball with good assistance from Kane Richardson. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja helped the Men in Blues to cross the 200-run mark but
But Jadeja and Pant’s departure was the final nail in the coffin as the pace trio gave a hard time to Indian batters. However, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav bought some crucial overs in the death overs to help the home side post a 250+ total on the scoreboard.
Australia showing why they are the toughest opposition to tour India this year…
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 14, 2020
the number four debate has been successfully resumed! #INDvAUS
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 14, 2020
KL Rahul should have converted this 47 into a big score. #INDvsAUS
— Gautam chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) January 14, 2020
with this new bat, Dhawan ain't the same player…
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) January 14, 2020
Such an absorbing contest. India looked on top when Dhawan and Rahul were together and 300-plus score was on the cards. Australia’s bowlers weathered the onslaught, kept on probing, now India’s top 4 are back in the dressing room and pendulum has swung the other way
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 14, 2020
KL Rahul. Master of Soft Dismissals. #INDvAUS
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 14, 2020
I want @imVkohli to bat at 3 Because we All know that Number 3 is a Specialized Position which makes you play only it’s OWN WAY in All Formats! He has emerged the best there than, so I believe he should NOT leave his 3 position to score at maximum till he retires! #MyAssessment
— Faisal Iqbal🇵🇰🏏 فیصل اقبال (@FaisalIqbalCric) January 14, 2020
If messing up with a settled team is an art Kohli-Shastri are PICASO brothers.#INDvsAUS
— Mr. A 🏏 (@cricdrugs) January 14, 2020
Make no mistake, it's not a typical Wankhede track. A rather sticky surface with length balls holding up big time. 280 can do the job. #INDvsAUS
— That Cricket Guy (@Vivek7968) January 14, 2020
— ᴠℹ️ᴊᴀʏ ᴹᵃˢᵗᵉʳ 😎 (@imVijay__) January 14, 2020
Yes, quality cricket! Thanks Australia! 👍
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 14, 2020
Real test for Indian Bowlers in this odi…. Can they restrict the Aussies…With this score Aussies are fav… Bt you nvr knw with Boom Boom Bumrah….#INDvsAUS
— Kiran Puthran (@Kiran_Puthran) January 14, 2020
— Himatesh (@himatesh999) January 14, 2020