Australian Cricket team managed to post 288 runs thanks to a late resurgence after Indian National Cricket team bowlers did a fantastic job in the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Meanwhile, Australia didn’t have a great start after opting to bat first as they lost their skipper Aaron Finch early on. The dashing opener was undone by a beautiful inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Finch departs for six becoming Bhuvneshwar’s 100th scalp in ODIs. Despite being struck for a few boundaries, and also overstepping, Khaleel Ahmed has used the bounce to good effect to pose a few questions to Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey. However, Khawaja looked right on song piercing the odd gaps while his partner Carey scored in boundaries.
Soon when they looked dominatable, Rohit Sharma hanged on to a brilliant catch from Kuldeep Yadav to dismiss Carey. An ill-advised cut shot results in a catch to Rohit at slip as Carey departs for 24, leaving Australia at 41 for two after ten overs.
Since then, Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have done a good job to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. They have put the odd short-pitch deliveries to the boundary adding 50 runs for the third wicket, helping Australia to 91 for two after 20.
Just as Khawaja reached his half-century off 70 balls, Ravindra Jadeja struck as the southpaw misses one while playing a fancy sweep shot. The batsman opts for a review, but it’s umpire’s call leaving Australia at 133 for 3 in the 29th over. On the other hand, Shaun Marsh also failed to convert a good start, thanks to a brilliant catch from Mohammed Shami at long on.
Peter Handscomb, who attracted a lot of criticism a lot of criticism during the Test series showed absolute class to steer the Australia innings after Indian National Cricket team bowlers did a good job to keep things tight. When things looked going away from their hands, Bhuvneshwar struck back to dismiss Handscomb (73 of 61).
However, Australia ended the innings on a high with late blows from Marcus Stoinis to post 288 runs at the halfway stage. Thus, Aaron Finch & Co will look to carry on this momentum to defend the target and go 1-0 up in the series.
No, this experiment with Rayudu, the bowler, isn't working?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2019
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 12, 2019
— Tim Verrall (@timverrall) January 12, 2019
— Smitharoo (@SastaLoha) January 12, 2019
When Peter Siddle played his last ODI, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, David Warner, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Lyon were not Test cricketers and Sachin Tendulkar was three years away from retirement. #AusvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 12, 2019
can't bat, can't bowl – Aussie #cricket – who cares? @cricketaus just want more cash from pay TV! – not on free to air television – great watching #slowsummer on @SBSVICELAND #cricketaustralia #AUSvIND #indianpacific
— Uanmi (@ausuanmi) January 12, 2019
Kuldeep strikes ! Dangerous Marsh departs but things are set for Maxi and Stoinis to launch here and take team's total to around 280 mark. Brilliant knock from Marsh though , played extremely well and held the things very well from one end #AUSvIND
— GULLY BOY (@Alias_jatin) January 12, 2019
handscomb class ?#AUSvIND
— Shripa (@viratshripa18) January 12, 2019
The ball from Kuldeep which dismissed Marsh spun 3.8°, more than any of the last 10 balls Kuldeep bowled to the Aussie No.4. Marsh was trying to up the pace, but a 77kph big spinning ball was a very tough ball to hit over the rope. #AUSvIND
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 12, 2019
Marsh gets to his 50 and has his slot saved for another five years!!#AUSvIND
— Ananthapadmanabhan (@itsananthu) January 12, 2019
— Manish Chahar (@manishchahar) January 12, 2019
"Not a good time to lose a wicket" says Waugh when Marsh gets out after doing a solid job, with 13 overs left and Stoinis and Maxwell to come. Seems the perfect time to get out for mine.#AUSvIND
— Messy Jez (@messyjez) January 12, 2019
BC ye BCCI cricket me kam aur players ki personal life and opinions me jada interested hain..
— Rational Indian (@Desirational) January 12, 2019
Where’s Maxi ? #AUSvIND
— Smokie Dawson (@smokiedawson) January 12, 2019
Maxwell at 7 makes little sense. Our best ODI batsmen. Most explosive anyway. And you limit the balls he can face #AUSvIND
— Matt (@Mattys123) January 12, 2019
I want Australia to score not more than 260 and let the management realize how ridiculous their decision to bat Maxwell at 7 is. But they are never gonna realize.#AUSvIND
— आशिष (@ashlmc_) January 12, 2019
Mark Waugh talking sense on Glenn Maxwell. Modern ODI teams are scoring 320-350, Maxwell is our only hope to get close to that. Needs to bat higher.#AusVInd
— Sandy Lanceley (@sandylanceley) January 12, 2019
What a catch by Shami. Proves that he is fit. Kuldeep is a genuine wicket taker for us. #AUSvIND
— ?? Soumya Sarkar ?? (@SarkarSpeaking) January 12, 2019
— Prateeeeeek (@jainyyyy45) January 12, 2019