Indian Cricket Team had won the toss & opted to bowl first. David Warner was yet to recover from injury and Mitchell Marsh opened the batting along with Travis Head. Alex Carey went back to Australia due to illness and Josh Inglis replaced him. Aussies were dealt a huge blow as Travis Head was dismissed in the 2nd over of the match. Steve Smith & Mitchell Marsh got their eye on and then started playing an attacking brand of cricket. Steve Smith was looking ominous as Australia scored 59 runs in the power-play overs for the loss of 1 wicket.
Mitchell Marsh took calculative risks and didn’t fear the bowler. Mitchell Marsh looked untroubled against the pacers. Given the fact that Aussies bat deep, the Aussies would be aiming to set a target in excess of 300 as defending in Wankhede Stadium has been quite tough for the bowling team.
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Hardik Pandya Takes Key Wicket Of Steve Smith
At the end of 12 overs, Australia’s score was 76-1. Hardik Pandya was bowling the 13th over and on the 3rd delivery of the over, Pandya bowled a wide length ball where Smith tried to play a cut shot but got an edge where wicket-keeper KL Rahul took a stunner. Steve Smith was dismissed for 22 runs in 30 balls where he struck 4 fours. At that time, Australia’s score was 77-2 in 12.3 overs where Mitchell Marsh was on 40 runs in 35 balls.
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Watch: Hardik Pandya Dismisses Steve Smith
Edged and taken!@hardikpandya7 strikes and how good was that grab behind the stumps from @klrahul 💪
Steve Smith departs.
Watch his dismissal here 👇👇#INDvAUS @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/yss3sj4N4z
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 17, 2023
Crucial Phase for India
Mitchell Marsh looks in a beast mode where he has struck lusty blows. The Aussies would be hoping that Mitchell Marsh gets a significant score in excess of 130 runs. It won’t be a bad idea to promote Glenn Maxwell to the No.5 position where he can dismantle the spinners with his wide range of shots.
Skipper Hardik Pandya would be aware of the fact that they need to pick wickets at regular intervals. The role of Kuldeep Yadav would be quite decisive. Shardul Thakur should be used in 3-4 spells as the pacer has the knack for breaking partnerships with his shrewd variations.
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