India beat Australia in first ODI
KL Rahul came at number-5 and hit a half-century
New Delhi. India defeated Australia by 5 wickets in the first match of the 3 ODI series played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Australia had given India a target of 189 runs, which Team India achieved by losing 5 wickets. KL Rahul was the hero of India’s victory. Rahul hit a brilliant half-century while batting at number 5. Ravindra Jadeja also supported him well. Earlier, Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj bowled brilliantly. Both these bowlers took 6 wickets for Australia. Shami bowled 30 ball dots in his 6 overs and took a total of 3 wickets. Siraj also took the same number of wickets. With this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the series.
KL Rahul played an important role in India’s victory. He shared an unbeaten partnership of 108 runs in 123 balls with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket and won the team. KL Rahul came out to bat in this match when India, chasing 189 runs, lost 4 wickets within 39 runs. After this, KL Rahul first added 44 runs for the 5th wicket with Hardik Pandya and then made a century partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to seal India’s victory.
KL Rahul batting at number 5 also scored his 7th ODI half-century. Ravindra Jadeja also played an inning of 45 runs in 69 balls. He also bowled well. Jadeja took 2 wickets for 46 runs in 9 overs. At the same time, a great catch was also caught. Rahul lost the vice-captaincy in the Test series against Australia. Later, he was also dropped from the team. Earlier, the same happened to him in T20 as well. But, Rahul proved his ability in Mumbai ODI and played match winning innings in difficult times.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl first on ODI captaincy debut and Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj bowled brilliantly. Both of them bowled about 12 overs and took 6 wickets for 46 runs. Only Mitchell Marsh’s bat went from Australia. He hit 81 runs in 65 balls. Captain Steve Smith scored 22 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 17, 2023, 20:40 IST