Australian Cricket team fast bowlers racked up a good pace to dismantle the Indian National Cricket team top-order as they set out to chase 289 runs in the first ODI at Sydney. While debutant Jason Behendroff provided the early breakthrough, Jhye Richardson removed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu to unsettle the nerves of the Indian batting.
Chasing a target of 289 runs, India had the worst possible start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over. Behendroff trapped the southpaw to put Australia on top. However, the big fish came when Jhye Richardson dismissed skipper Virat Kohli to have Indian National Cricket team at four for two. Kohli clips one straight to Marcus Stoinis at short square leg. Meanwhile, Australia continued to build on pressure as Richardson removed Ambati Rayudu in the same over.
It was a good length delivery around middle and leg, snakes into touch and beats the batsman’s flick. Rapped on the pads and this was going on to hit the leg-stump as Rayudu departs for a duck. India now desperately needs a partnership with vice-captain Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni at the crease.
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Previously, Australia banked on a late resurgence from their batsman after an early collapse to post 288 runs on the board. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh started to rebuild the innings. They both scored their individual half-centuries before departing. Since then, Peter Handscomb (73) and Marcus Stoinis (47) shifted gears to take the attack to the opposition. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets apiece for India.