The first 25 overs have been bowled , and it’s the Indian team who’ll be pleased with the way how things worked out for them in the last couple of overs. The men in blue started the innings with a bang as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed the Australian skipper – Aaron Finch for not, which carried on his poor run with the bat.
But Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja steadied the ship after battling out the brilliance of Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who kept it extremely tight in the initial 10 overs. The two batsmen then took on Vijay Shankar, through a counter attacking display which released the pressure from Australia’s end to a decent extent.
An 87 run stand by for the second wicket was making things difficult for Team India, but that’s when the man with the golden arm – Kedar Jhadav chipped in by getting the big wicket of Marcus Stoinis, through a catch taken by Virat Kohli standing at short mid wicket. Stoinis was dismissed for 37 (53), while Usman Khawaja soon secured his 6th ODI fifty for Australia.
Kuldeep Yadav provided added support from the other end and scalped Khawaja’s wicket at an important interval of the game, as he looked to accelerate the runs through a big heave towards the deep mid wicket region for a sharp catch taken by Vijay Shankar. Usman Khawaja’s dismissal for 50 (76) has now put Australia back under pressure as Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb look to revive the innings with their score on 101 for the loss of 3 wickets in 25 overs of play.
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