The first innings has come to an end and it’s Team India who will be mighty pleased with their efforts on field as they restricted Australia for just 236 for the fall of 7 wickets in 50 overs of play.
After getting the big wickets of Usman Khawaja 50 (76) and Marcus Stoinis 37 (53) through an 87 run stand, Kuldeep Yadav got the wicket of Peter Handscomb for just 19 (30) after bamboozling him with a bit of spin as he danced down the wickets, for an easy stumping for MS Dhoni. The in form batsman Glenn Maxwell then stepped in to the occasion with stroke making of his own and accumulated a 37 run partnership alongside Ashton Turner, before Mohammad Shami bowled both the batsmen at an important stage of the game.
Turner was cleaned up for 21 (23), after Shami bowled a deceiving off cutter, while Maxwell’s 40 (51) off stump was up rooted by a brilliant seam up delivery through Shami as the Aussies were put on the back foot.
Things were looking bleak for the kangaroos with their score on 173 for the loss of 6 wickets. But that’s when Alex Carey 36 (37) and Nathan Coulter Nile 28 (27) revived the Australian innings through a 63 run stand to guide the visitors to 236.
For the men in blue it was Mohammad Shami who impressed the most with 2 wickets under his belt for 44 runs in his 10 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was slightly on the expensive side of things today but still managed to scalp 2 wickets for 60 runs in his 10 over spell. Kuldeep Yadav also chipped in with 2 while conceding 46 runs. Kedar Jhadav was vital yet again for India, as he picked the big wicket of Stoinis. Ravindra Jadeja impressed with the ball as well, as he went for just the 33 runs in his 10 overs, but without taking a wicket.
So as it stands, Team India will be backing themselves to chase down the total with the kind of star studded batsmen they’ve got in their armory. The Australian bowlers on the other end will look to scalp all 10 wickets in order to get the all important lead in the series.
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