Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad
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Last Update on: September 22nd, 2023 at 07:36 pm

India are off to a great start with the bat in their chase of 276 runs against Australia in the first ODI at Punjab Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad have oozed their class and have played some breathtaking strokes in the game.

Shubman Gill in particular took the attack to the Australian bowlers in the powerplay and hit some eye-catching shots. He hit Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, and Sean Abbott all over the ground and made sure he gave his team a flashy start in his home ground, Mohali.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, on the other, was watchful initially. But after he got his eyes set in, he too joined Shubman Gill. The duo also achieved a unique feat as they ran four runs between the wickets, which usually isn’t seen in the white-ball formats of the game.

It happened during the 1st ball of the 9th over when Cameron Green bowled a length delivery on the middle stump. Shubman Gill stood tall on the ball and tucked it away past mid-wicket. The ball went towards the boundary and the fielder there made a brilliant effort and saved the boundary.

Shubman Gill and the Ruturaj Gaikwad in the meantime ran four runs. The boundary wasn’t given but the batter got the same amount of runs by running.

Here’s the video of the opening batters Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad running 4 runs in the middle:

The duo were on fire in the powerplay as they smashed 66 runs just inside the powerplay. Both the batters have looked pleasing to the eyes and with the way they have started the innings for India, they look set for a big total.

India restrict Australia to a total of 276 runs in the first innings

Australia had a disappointing start with the bat as Micthell Marsh (4) was back in the hut in the first over. However, after that David Warner (52) and Steve Smith (41) batted well and made sure that their side was on the top even after an early blow. However, they both lost their wickets quickly and the visitors were in trouble.

Marnus Labuschagne (39), Josh Inglis (45) and Marcus Stoinis (29) played handy knocks with the bat in the middle. Before Skipper Pat Cummins smashed 21 runs in just 9 balls to take Australia to a total of 276 runs. For India, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he picked 5 wicketers. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah picked one wicket each.

Ankitjit SinghContent Writer

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