First ODI
Ravindra Jadeja in action | Picture:

Australia needs 256 runs to win the ongoing first ODI of three-match series against India here at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first here in Mumbai.

After being put on to bat first, India, after a middle-order collapse managed to reach a below-par but defendable total of 256.

India looked to be in control with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul adding 121 for the second wicket, following Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal.

Ashton Agar then provided Australia with the much-needed breakthrough, before Cummins dismissed Shikhar Dhawan to pile on the misery.

Dhawan and Rahul were dismissed for 74 and 47, respectively.

The Men in Blue lost four wickets within a span of 30 runs, including skipper Virat Kohli, who was caught and bowled by Adam Zampa.

Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant then steadied India’s ship, adding 49 runs for the sixth wicket.

Richardson and Cummins then got rid off Jadeja and Pant, respectively, reducing India to 217/7.

Starc also continued to cause havoc, this time taking off the off-stump of Shardul Thakur.

But, Kuldeep Yadav’s small cameo ensured India managed to cross the 250-run mark.

India XI: S Dhawan, R Sharma, KL Rahul, V Kohli, S Iyer, R Pant, R Jadeja, S Thakur, K Yadav, M Shami, J Bumrah

Australia XI: D Warner, A Finch, S Smith, M Labuschagne, A Turner, A Carey, A Agar, P Cummins, M Starc, K Richardson, A Zampa





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