INDvAUS: Gritty Rahul guides India to a 1-0 lead in Wankhede thriller
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The drama was high. The emotions were brimming. The final result? An India WIN. Comebacks are engraved in our DNA, especially at the Wankhede Stadium. Remember the 2007 ODI between these two teams?
The exquisite bowling spell of Mohammed Shami (3/17), Ravi Jadeja’s all-round act (2/46, one catch, 45*) and a fiery unbeaten 75 from KL Rahul inspired the hosts to a five-wicket win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Siraj, the numero uno in ODIs
Who better than Mohammed Siraj, the top-ranked ODI bowler at the moment, to open the floodgates at the Wankhede Stadium? The pacer bowled a 140kmph delivery that took the sweetest of inside edges and smashed into Travis Head’s leg stump.
He would add two more scalps to his bag - Sean Abbott and Adam Zampa. And that was not all; he also latched onto the vital catch to dismiss the dangerous-looking Mitchell Marsh.
Jaddu’s jaadu at the Wankhede
Sir Jadeja’s entertainer status is gold, and he gave Aamchi Mumbai a solid glimpse of it today.
First, he forced an in-form Mitch Marsh to play a false shot. His second victim was Glenn Maxwell, who looked to smash it towards the leg side but instead found Hardik Pandya waiting for him.
When in doubt, dial Shami
Mohammed Shami loves bowling against big oppositions, with Australia certainly one of his favourites. The 32-year-old took his tally to 32 wickets in 20 meetings with the Aussies, with a solid spell of 3/17.
KL Rahul rises, again!
After the Indian top order was riddled by the spells of Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Starc, KL Rahul walked in with redemption for the seeking. Coming in on the back of a scratchy Test series, he silenced his critics with an anchored 91-ball 75, containing seven fours, one six and truckloads of patience.
Jadeja, playing his 300th international cricket game, stuck around Rahul with a composed unbeaten 45 as the confident Men in Blue brushed aside some early pressure in their run chase to script a five-wicket win in a low-scoring thriller.
After the morale-boosting win, we now go to Visakhapatnam for the second ODI to be played on Sunday, March 19. Paltan! Tell us your favourite moments from the game as the boys continue their “Mission 2023 World Cup” preparations in full swing.
Match in Brief:
India 191/5 in 39.5 overs (KL Rahul 75*, Ravindra Jadeja 45*, Mitchell Starc 3/49) beat Australia 188 all-out in 35.4 overs (Mitchell Marsh 81, Mohammed Shami 3/17)