In the first ODI of the bilateral series between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Aussies posted a target of 375 for the Men in Blue. Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya’s 126 run stand wasn’t enough to chase down the mammoth. India fell short of 66 runs in the first match and went 1-0 down in the first match of the series.
India had a promising start to the run chase, the opening pair conjured a partnership of 53 runs for the first wicket. The threatening partnership was broken by Josh Hazlewood when Agarwal thought of charging down the track, the pacer bowled a quick bouncer, the opener couldn’t connect the ball and ended up being caught by Glenn Maxwell. The Indian skipper departed after scoring a run-a-ball 21 to Hazlewood’s bouncer. Shreyas Iyer also fell prey to Hazlewood’s quick bouncer and went back to the pavilion by scoring just two runs. The fall of wicket continued as the Indian vice-captain KL Rahul returned to the pavilion without making a major contribution. Hardik Pandya (90) and Dhawan (74) stitched a 100 run partnership in the middle overs which shifted the momentum towards the Indian team.
After 34 overs India was 227 for the loss of four wickets, the visitors looked in the control for the first time in the run-chase. The century partnership was broken when Dhawan chipped the bowl straight to the fielder in the 30-yard circle on Adam Zampa’s bowling. Pandya continued attacking the Aussie bowlers but couldn’t last long as he was caught at the long-on by Mitchell Starc when he decided to clear the boundary on Zampa’s flighted delivery. Following the all-rounder’s wicket, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Shami fought back till the last ball of innings and took India’s total over 300. The Men in Blue lost the match by 66 runs.
The 28-year-old leg-spinner grabbed four wickets with conceding 54 runs in his allotted 10 overs, Hazlewood pocketed three wickets in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 5.5 runs per over. Starc went for runs today but managed to grab a wicket in the last over of the match.