Mohali: In the first ODI clash between India and Australia at Mohali, India displayed exceptional bowling prowess to restrict Australia to a total of 276. The standout performer for India was Mohammed Shami, who delivered a stellar performance, taking 5 crucial wickets while conceding just 51 runs.
India commenced the match on a high note, with Shami making a significant impact by dismissing Mitchell Marsh in the very first over. Subsequently, the Australian duo of David Warner and Steve Smith took control of the innings, crafting a substantial 94-run partnership. Warner notched up a well-deserved half-century before being dismissed by Jadeja for 52 (53).
However, India’s resilience shone through as Shami returned to the attack to dismiss Steve Smith (41 0ff 60). Despite Australia’s promising start, they found themselves struggling to maintain momentum due to the frequent loss of wickets. Consequently, their innings failed to gather steam.
In the latter stages of the innings, wicket-keeper batsman Josh Inglis and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis contributed with some powerful hitting, guiding the Australian team to 276 which is believed to be a slightly below-par score considering the flatness of the wicket.
Besides Mohammed Shami’s exploits, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja each chipped in with a wicket apiece, showcasing India’s well-rounded bowling attack.
With a formidable batting lineup at their disposal, India enters the chase with confidence, aiming to comfortably chase the target and secure victory.