The first innings in the opening game of the series have come to an end and Australia would be mighty pleased with the way things have turned out for them at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
After scoring 119 runs in the first 25 overs of the game, Australia’s number three Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh were taking the Australian inning forward with precision. Khawaja was looking pretty comfortable out there as he was comfortably rotating the strike while Marsh was slowly and steadily building a strong inning for himself & the team.
India needed a wicket badly and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli tossed the ball to Ravindra Jadeja. And, he did not disappoint.
Jadeja picked up the important wicket of Khawaja and sent him back into the dressing room on the score of 59. It was a flatter delivery on the stumps, Khawaja who showed a lot of patience in the innings decided finally the time had come for an attacking shot. The ball rapped him on the pads and the umpire took a long time before raising his finger.
Khawaja played a crucial knock of 59 before perishing, hitting six boundaries during his inning. He and Marsh had a solid 92-run stand for the third wicket.
On the other hand, Marsh continued his good form in the shorter format of the game and struck a gritty half-century for his team. Though he was not looking at his best out there, he somehow played an important knock for his side.
Shaun was looking dangerous and the Men in Blue had to get a wicket at that time. Kuldeep Yadav was brought into the attack and took his second wicket of the match.
Got rid of Carey earlier in the day and got another set batsman in the form of Shaun Marsh this time around. Marsh was looking to take on the wrist spinner and he went ahead with his lofted drive. But it was not that easy to hit them big against Yadav. Shaun mistimed the shot towards long-on where Shami came running in and took a good low catch.
Marsh scored a half-century (54) before getting dismissed, hitting four boundaries during his knock.
Peter Handscomb, surprisingly, turned out to be an aggressive player and scored a lot of boundaries in the early part of his innings. He struck two consecutive boundaries to Bhuvi and completed his maiden ODI half-century. Peter played his shots freely and played an important inning for the Kangaroos.
On the other hand, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis did what he does best – hitting the balls over the boundary ropes. Both the players stitched an important partnership of 68 runs to take the Australian team over the 250-run mark.
After hitting a six to Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the previous delivery, Handscomb gave an easy catch to Shikhar Dhawan towards sweeper cover. He played a crucial knock of 73 off just 61 balls, hitting six boundaries and two sixes.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been the pick of the bowlers for India. He picked up 2 wickets and gave away 54 runs in his 10 overs. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhavneshwar Kumar also chipped in with 1 wicket each.
At the end of Australia’s inning, the Kangaroos have managed to put 288 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of five wickets with Marcus Stoinis (47) and Glenn Maxwell (11) remaining unbeaten at the end of the first innings.
The Men in Blue need 289 runs to win the match in their allotted 50 overs.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar