Indian Cricket fans were excited to witness their favourite stars take the field again. The men in blue got down to business as they took on Australia in the first ODI at Mumbai. The series is a short one consisting of three games, before the TATA IPL begins in two weeks. Rohit Sharma wasn’t available for the game so Hardik Pandya was given the captaincy of the side for the 1st ODI.
The story so far –
Ravindra Jadeja made a successful return to the Indian test side after an injury plagued 2022. The 34 year old from Saurashtra more than played a part in the successful defence of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the bat and ball. Jadeja last played an ODI for India against England at Manchester in July 2022.
Jadeja stunner sends Labuschagne back to the hut –
Australian batters were displaying their might during the 1st ODI at Mumbai. The Indian bowlers were being put to the sword thanks to Mitchell Marsh. Once Marsh fell, it was upto Marnus Labuschagne to steady the ship.
The right handed batter went for a cut off the bowling off Kuldeep Yadav in the 23rd over. The ball was flying for a sure shot boundary, only for Ravindra Jadeja to fling himself to his right and take a one handed stunning catch to dismissing Labuschagne for 15.
Mitchell Marsh the lone bright spark for Australia –
31 year old, Mitchell Marsh has been known for his powerful game in the white ball format. This was in full show when he was asked to open the batting with Travis Head. Despite losing his fellow opener early, Marsh did not show restraint.
The 31 year old went after the Indian bowlers to score a brisk fifty. Marsh was out after scoring 81 off 65 balls with the help 10 boundaries and 5 maximums. Jadeja got the big wicket when Marsh went for a huge hit, only to get a thick edge to Siraj who took the catch.
Shami turns the tide for India –
Australia had no answers to the Indian bowling as Mohammad Shami did the damage in the middle overs. The 32 year old first got the wicket of Josh Inglis for 26, when he chopped the ball back onto his stumps. Shami then sent Cameron Green’s off stump cartwheeling. His 3rd wicket was Stoinis who was caught in the slips for a duck, Shami picked 3/8 in his 2nd spell as Australia were all out for 188 in the 36th over.