Host Australia defeated India by 66 runs in the first ODI match played on Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. Australia scored 374 for 6 wickets with the help of centuries from Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. In response, the Indian team could only manage 308 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs.
Chasing a big target of 375 runs, Hardik Pandya scored 90 and India opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 74 runs. Adam Zampa took the most four wickets for Australia. Apart from him, paceman Josh Hazlewood took 3 wickets for 55 runs.
India’s strong start
Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan started fast for India. Both completed 50 runs in the 5th over. Mayank Agarwal scored 22 runs and was caught out by Glenn Maxwell in an attempt to pull the ball of Josh Hejalvuz.
Kohli did not get the benefit on living
Virat Kohli pulls off Pat Cummins. It was the third ball of the seventh over. There was a bounce in the ball, Kohli pulled it but could not control the ball. The ball went to Adam Jampa. Jampa was completely under the ball. It seemed that he would catch easily. But he missed. People also questioned, ‘Is this RCB’s love?’ But Jampa was disappointed with his performance. Kohli, however, could not make much of this opportunity and caught Finch at mid-wicket in an attempt to pull another short ball. He scored 21 off 21 balls. Hazlewood dismissed Shreyas Iyer on another short ball in the same over.
Rahul is also cheaply out
KL Rahul was playing the finisher well for the last few matches. But he was unsuccessful in this match. He smashes a full toss outside Adam Jampa off-stump into the hands of Steve Smith. He scored 12 runs.
Dhawan-Pandya raised hope
Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya shared 128 runs for the fifth wicket from India. Pandya batted aggressively. During this time he also completed 1000 runs in One Day International. Pandya completed his half-century off 31 balls. Both kept the Indian team’s hopes alive.
Australia’s strong game
Earlier, captain Aaron Finch (114) and Steve Smith (105) scored a mammoth target of 375 runs in front of India on the basis of the best century innings. Finch shared a 156-run partnership for the first wicket with his opening partner David Warner (69) and then added 108 for the second wicket with Smith. Glenn Maxwell also played a key role in making Australia a quick 45 off 19 balls to reach a mammoth score of 374 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.
Australia’s highest score against India in ODIs
This is Australia’s highest score against India in ODIs. Indian fielders also contributed in reaching Australia’s huge target, who also dropped catches and reduced ground fielding. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Warner justified his statement before the series and focused on building the innings with Finch.
Both batsmen made a slow start but ensured that the wicket did not fall. Both of them completely disappointed the bowlers of India who could not take wickets in the fourth consecutive ODI match in Powerplay. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini’s fast bowler Tigri also remained ineffective and Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja also turned around. Both batsmen, meanwhile, completed their half-centuries.
Shami achieved first success
Shami finally brought India the first success. Shami took the edge of Warner’s bat and fell into the gloves of wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul. Warner faced 76 balls in his innings, hitting 6 fours. Steve Smith was lbw by Jadeja on a personal score of 15. Here Smith took the review and the umpire had to change the decision and then Smith played a very aggressive game.
Smith, along with Finch, lured the Indian batsmen to wickets. Meanwhile, Smith completed his half-century and captain Finch reached his century. Finch on the last ball of the 40th over, while trying to play Bumrah’s ball over thirdman, gave Rahul a simple catch. The captain faced 124 balls in his innings and hit two sixes apart from nine fours. This is the 17th century of Finch’s ODI career.
Stonis Zero, Maxwell Hero
Marcus Stonis, who performed brilliantly in the IPL, came after Finch but became the victim of Yuzvendra on the very first ball. He could not open the account. Smith and Maxwell then scored fast runs from both ends. Both added 57 runs, of which 45 belonged only to Maxwell. Manxwell could not complete the half-century. Shami catches him in the hands of Jadeja.
Smith’s ‘record’ century
Smith completed his century off 62 balls which is the third fastest century for Australia in ODIs. His innings ended with Shami off the third ball in the last over. Smith played a total of 66 balls, hitting 11 fours and four sixes. Alex Carrie remained unbeaten on 17 off 13 balls with the help of two fours.
Indian bowlers disappointed
Indian bowlers proved to be quite expensive. Chahal took 89 runs in 10 overs and took just one wicket. Bumrah took one wicket for 73 runs in 10 overs. Navdeep Saini also scored 83 runs in 10 overs at an average of 8.3 and achieved just one success. Shami was relatively economical. Shami gave 59 runs in 10 overs and earned three successes.