In the first one-day being played in Hyderabad, Australia has set a target of 237 for India to win. Batting first, winning the toss, Australia scored 236 runs losing seven wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.
A stop and start innings from Australia. They will be disappointed having ended at least 25-30 runs short of the total that they would have liked, especially after winning the toss and electing to bat on this decent surface in Hyderabad. And more so when Jasprit Bumrah had a rare off day. Kudos though have to be given to Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and mainly, Mohammed Shami who bowled economically while picking up wickets at regular interval as well. They never let the Aussies off the hook and kept the scoring rate under control right through the innings.
Aaron Finch won the toss but could not do much with the bat as he trudged off for a third ball duck and continued with his string of low scores. That thought was followed by a hard-fought partnership of 87 between Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis, who walked in at number 3. But just when it seemed like the Aussies were accelerating, the partnership-breaker Kedar Jadhav came to the fore picking the wicket of Stoinis. Khawaja went to reach his fifty but could not continue longer as he holed out in the deep. Handscomb too fell after getting a start.
The star of the T20Is, Glenn Maxwell reached 40 at a decent clip but fell at the wrong time for the visitors. At that time, it seemed like it would be really hard for the away side to bat out the entire 50 but a decent partnership at the end of 62 runs between Nathan Coulter-Nile and Alex Carey for the seventh wicket gave the total some respectability and the bowlers something to play with.
With the ball, the stars were Shami and Kuldeep who both picked up 2 wickets each while being economical as well. Shami was especially really good at the start. Jadeja bowled a wicketless spell but went at a run rate of 3.3 per over only. It was a rare bad day at the office for Jasprit Bumrah but the rest of his colleagues ensured that the team did not suffer. A good bowling display on the whole.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, wanted to bowl first as they have done well chasing. Mentions the ball might just come nicely onto the bat under lights. Further adds he wants to continue the same cricket played by them in New Zealand and Australia. He reckons they are a balanced 11. Informs Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are the spinners and Vijay Shankar is also in the team which gives them more depth in the batting.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says they are going to bat first as it looks like a dry surface. Mentions the stats also influence his decision to bat first. Further adds they are looking to improve with each series and they are doing so. Informs Alex Carey comes in and Jhye Richardson misses out.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah