Team India's best bowler during the Hyderabad ODI - Mohammed Shami, has earned praises for his performance from the opposite camp. Nathan Coulter-Nile
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Team India’s best bowler during the Hyderabad ODI – Mohammed Shami, has earned praises for his performance from the opposite camp. Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Aussie bowling all-rounder, has called Shami a fantastic bowler He further said the Bengal bowler made it tough for them to find gaps in death overs. Meanwhile, in ten overs, Mohammed Shami took two wickets and gave away 44 runs. His crucial contribution was when he got rid of man-in-form, Glenn Maxwell off a beauty.

Shami is quality everywhere – Nathan

As Australia bat first after winning the toss, the Indian bowlers made light work of their opponents. Mohammed Shami, who got the nod ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar began the proceedings with a maiden over. In his first spell, he was economical – giving away 12 runs in five overs. Though he didn’t pick a wicket by then, Shami, in his second spell got two big scalps in the name of Ashton Turner and Glenn Maxwell. The pacer had Turner off a slower one, while he had to bowl a ‘Jaffa’ to send Maxwell back to the pavilion.

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Mohammed Shami got the better of Glenn Maxwell in the first ODI in Hyderabad. Image Courtesy: Getty

Even in the death overs, Shami bowled yorkers, slower ones – keeping the batsmen silent at the other end. Meanwhile, Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was there at the crease during the last overs faced the wrath of Shami’s bowling. Post the match; the Australia fast bowler heaped praises on him. He said,

“Excellent bowler. He is a fantastic bowler. He is quality everywhere. At the back-end, he was really hard to get away, changed up well, nailed all his yorkers, didn’t give me anything to hit.” Nathan Coulter-Nile said.

It was probably a 250 wicket – Coulter-Nile

Notwithstanding their efforts, Nathan said the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on. As Australia managed to post a modest 236, the Indians chased the total with six wickets in hands. Coulter-Nile, who stitched a fifty-plus stand with Alex Carer, in the end, shared his thoughts on the same.

“I found it really hard, actually. I only batted for 10 overs. Kuldeep was spinning it quite big and the quicks weren’t really coming on to the bat. Obviously, I wasn’t set, but I thought it might have been a little bit slower and turned a bit more for us at the back end there.” he said.

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Coulter-Nile further said 250 runs were on offer on the Hyderabad wicket. He added,

“There was a bit of up and down there. All in all, it was probably a 250 wicket.”

As India had taken a one-nil lead in the five-match ODIs, they will look to seal the series as early as possible. Meanwhile, the second ODI is scheduled for Tuesday (March 5th) in Nagpur.

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