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What started out as an anticipation of a high scoring match, turned out to be quite the opposite. A thrilling low scorer is what the fans witnessed. Hardik Pandya’s captaincy was impeccable in the first innings. Despite getting smashed by Mitchell Marsh in the first 20 overs, his boys made a worthy comeback in the next 15. India Vs Australia First ODI in Mumbai turned on its head with the Aussies losing 6 wickets for 19 runs. Australia finished at 188 All Out in 35.4 overs. However, Australia came back strongly and made sure that India had to work hard for each of those runs. Eventually, the Indian middle order came good, and India beat Australia by 5 wickets to take a 1 – 0 lead in the three-match series.

The Aussies are looking like a fresh team altogether under Smith’s captaincy. They players are more pumped in the field, and they are making life difficult for the Indians. With apt bowling changes and field placements, Smith bought India to their knees in the Home of Indian Cricket. The Indian top order collapsed, and the home team was left wanting. It was only the gritty efforts of KL Rahul and Ravinder Jadeja that managed to get India home on a tricky wicket.

Result – India Won by 5 Wickets

Player of the Match – Ravinder Jadeja

Mitchell Marsh Takes on Indian Bowling

At one stage, Australia was cruising at 129 for 2 in the 20th over. Mitchell Marsh was hitting at will and it seemed that the Aussies would settle for nothing less than 350. Ravindra Jadeja then got rid of Marsh for 81 off 65 to stop the flow of runs. However, it was Mohammed Shami who changed the complexion of the game. In a three-over spell with a relatively old ball, Shami got just enough movement to get three wickets. Australia was left reeling at 184 for 7 in the 32nd over.

Soon after, Jadeja had Glenn Maxwell caught at short midwicket and Mohammed Siraj picked up two to wrap up the innings.

Indian Top Order Collapse Again

The Indian innings started off poorly with Ishan Kishan getting trapped by Stoinis. Gill was then dropped a couple of times. It did not do much damage as Starc sent Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav back to the hut in two consecutive balls. Mitchell Starc was breathing fire as he reduced India to 16/3. Both batters couldn’t cover the line of the ball as it swung back in after pitching.

Shubman Gill was the next to make his way back to the pavilion, leaving a dicey middle order to continue with the job. KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya stitched up a partnership before Hardik was held out in the deep to Stoinis.

It was only when Jadeja came to the crease that the madness calmed down. KL Rahul settled into a rhythm, watching each ball carefully. The Australians gave it their all, however the struggling batter made sure that nothing went awry anymore. Both Jadeja and Rahul navigated through the seaming deliveries and bought India home with 10 overs to spare.

Captains Speak –

Hardik Pandya | India captain: 

We were under pressure both the times. We kept our composure and found ways to come out of those situations. Once we got the momentum towards us, we were quite on top of the game. I am really proud of the way we caught today. The number of chances we created … they had to be taken. Outstanding catches by Jaddu and Shubman as well.

Talking about Jaddu, he did what he’s capable of. Coming after a break in ODI cricket, the way he finished as well, we needed a partnership with KL and he did the job for us. That was fantastic. It was hot, I was enjoying my bowling. I was enjoying my batting as well. The way KL and Jaddu finished it off and the way they batted; it gave us the confidence. It was very relaxing watching them bat. Overall, a very good victory and very proud of them.

Steve Smith | Australia captain: 

We weren’t expecting this at the Wankhede, usually pretty good scores. India bowled really well. We probably left a few out there. If we had got over 250, it would have been interesting the way the ball was swinging and seaming. KL and Jaddu’s partnership was really good when they were under pressure. We started pretty well. Mitch played really nicely and took the game on early and got a few away and kept going. We lost too many wickets through the middle.

We weren’t able to get a partnership and get to a reasonable total. It was just one partnership away from them beating us. Jadeja and Rahul showed how to do it. Maybe 260-270 (was a par score). I don’t think it was a great wicket, it was offering a fair bit for the seamers at times. The ball swung pretty much for 30-odd overs for both teams. We just needed to score more runs. Credit to India.

Match Preview

Rohit is out of the first ODI due to family commitments. India have such a strong bench that they can replace him with another ODI double-centurion Ishan Kishan. He will partner India’s latest ODI double-centurion Shubman Gill. Since his scorching 210 in Chattogram in December last year, Kishan’s form has fizzled. However, white ball is all about a single game to get back to your best. India Vs Australia First ODI will take place in front of a packed crowd at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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With Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel returning, India go into the series with a full-strength squad. They have a chance to try different combinations in the lead up to the World Cup. They are set to play nine bilateral ODIs and an Asia Cup.

Australia are missing skipper Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, but they too have the opportunity to figure out the balance of their side in the actual World Cup conditions in India. After the three ODIs there, they have five games in South Africa before playing three more in India again in September. A fit-again Maxwell will directly slot back into Australia’s middle order and could potentially be their second spinner behind Zampa. 

India Vs Australia First ODI MumbaiMatch Details –

Time and Date: India vs Australia, 1st ODI, March 17, 2023, 1:30 PM IST

Location: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Pitch Conditions: Batting friendly wicket with high scores expected. Toss should not have much of an impact. The Wankhede pitch is usually a flat one, which gets even better for batting, under lights, once the dew sets in. In the most recent ODI played at this venue, in 2020, Australia hunted down 256 in under 38 overs with all ten wickets to spare.

India Vs Australia First ODI Mumbai – Team News:

India: In Rohit Sharma will not be available for 1st ODI. Ishan Kishan will most likely fill in the opening spot. Suryakumar Yadav may bat at the Fourth Position.

Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav. KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik.

Australia: Australia will have a problem of plenty with a plethora of all-rounders.

Probable XI: Travis Head, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell. Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh/Marcus Stoinis. Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

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