Do you know how India won the India Vs Australia First ODI?
Taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Australia, the match was not all easy going for India. Struggling at 99-4 at one point after losing a hoard of wickets in quick succession, the hosts found themselves crumbling in their chase of a relatively low total. However, a 100 run stand between Jadhav and Dhoni not only helped India paper over the cracks but ensured there were no further stumbles, ensuring the match safely swung India’s way.
It was not just that particular partnership that took India to the pinnacle of a pristine win though. It was guided by a well-rounded bowling effort in the beginning one that was constructed perfectly by Shami, India got off to the best of starts with the Kohli-Rohit combination proving to be as dependable as ever.
India Vs Australia First ODI: How India won the match
Mohammed Shami’s spell of 2-44
- Bowling first on a wicket that looked to be a good pitch to bat on first, India went about dwindling Australia’s efforts early on itself. With the deadly duo of Bumrah and Shami reinstated for the ODI series, the two were flawless in their execution to bowl extremely well together.
- At the forefront of that attack was Shami, with the bowler showing how extremely hard he’s worked in the last year ever since his injury to make a compelling comeback to the Indian team.
- Elevating his performance ever since the Australian series, Shami was on the money yet again, making the ball dance to his tunes as he cramped Australia’s batters completely for the room.
- Shami picked up two wickets at crucial moments in the game, sending back Turner and Maxwell just when that partnership looked to be set to show some intent.
- His two extremely economical spells in the opening and closing period helped India restrict Australia to a meagre 236-7.
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Jadeja and Yadav
- Jadeja showed why he can play such a good role in this current Indian team with his 10 overs for a paltry 33 runs completing drying up the runs for Australia.
- Brought into the attack by Kohli at a time when Australia was finding hitting Kuldeep off too easy, Jadeja got rid of his overs not just in rapid time but ensured that Australia was given no time to settle in the middle.
- He allowed Yadav to come on for a second spell and courtesy of his tight and controlled bowling pick up 2 wickets for the team.
- Together the two competing brought a stop to Australia’s willingness of trying to up the ante, bowling 20 overs of well-disciplined bowling for 79 runs.
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- Reaffirming that this is the true fulcrum of India, the two batsmen functioned extremely well together to take the side to a position of strength in the opening part of the innings.
- As usual, Kohli (44) took control of the partnership, hitting his expansive range of shots, allowing Rohit (37) to take his time and build his innings at a steady rate.
- Both were extremely composed in the middle, hitting the ball all around the park as they forced Australia to rethink their gameplan and chase the game.
- The 80 run second wicket stand saw them prove the perfect platform for the ensuing batsmen to come and build on.
Jadhav-Dhoni 141 Run Stand
- Finding themselves in a massive spot of bother as wickets leaked for the hosts, India was in dire need of a stand to save the match for them and pick up the pieces.
- That is exactly what the fifth wicket partnership between Jadhav (81) and Dhoni (59) went about doing, ensuring that the topsy-turvy encounter swung one last time in India’s way.
- With Australia snapping on their heels, well in their stride after incurring a downfall in India’s chase, the two took their time, stabilising things before eventually peeling off the boundaries at regular intervals.
- The massive partnership took India to an easy win in the end, from a period where India was struggling to find their way back in the clash.
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