Team India began their ODI World Cup preparations with a short three-match ODI series. The opponents are Australia and the first game was played at Mohali on Friday. The Indian team is being captained by KL Rahul after Rohit Sharma was rested for the first two games.
Apart from Rohit Sharma, even Virat Kohli is giving the first two ODI games a miss due to rest. Indian coach Rahul Dravid confirmed the move was to keep both the veteran batters fresh for the World Cup.
KL Rahul won the toss and chose to bowl first. Ravichandran Ashwin was back in the ODI team after 18 months. Mohammad Shami was included along with Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur as the pacers. Australia came into the game with some of their big names making a comeback.
KL Rahul misses an easy run-out chance
Ravindra Jadeja came into bowl the 23rd over and Marnus Labuschagne was the batter on strike. The Australian batter was looking for a quick single when he hit the ball to Surya Kumar Yadav at cover.
Yadav dived full length to field the ball and threw it to KL Rahul but the Indian team was shocked. KL Rahul who is the wicket-keeper dropped the ball with Labuschagne giving up hopes.
Surya Kumar Yadav was shocked as KL Rahul could only look down in shock. Marnus Labuschagne who had been in good form with the bat had been given a huge life. The Indian fans too were shocked seeing the shabby fielding effort.
Put into bat, Australia opened with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. The very second ball of the game was hit for a beautiful shot behind point for a four. Mohammad Shami though had the last laugh when he dismissed Marsh for 4. The opener was caught in the slips by Shubman Gill thanks to an outstanding out-swinger by Shami.
David Warner and Steve Smith then added 94 runs for the 2nd wicket. David Warner got to his 29th ODI fifty. The left-handed batter scored 52 runs off 53 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Jadeja had the big wicket of Warner caught by Gill, and Shami then got the wicket of Smith for 41. Shami found a reverse swing to flatten the stumps of the former Australian skipper.