The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) finally echoed with the cheering of the audience in India vs Australia 1st ODI. After a long lost silence of almost nine months. However, the crowd was 50%. Men in Blue jerseys are at last back to their international game with their one-month Australian tour.
Today marked the beginning of the three-match series of One Day Internationals (ODIs). This was the first international match for India after the coronavirus put the world in lockdown. Hence, most of the eyes were glued to the match.
The match had begun with the hosts deciding to bat first and ended with Australia swaying the winning hope of Indians in the 14th over by taking a wicket of KL Rahul.
Australia set a massive target of 375 runs for the Indian cricket team. With two centuries by Aaron Finch and Steven Smith and hence almost had the game in their hands. When Josh Hazelwood took his third wicket in 10 overs to remove Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, India stumbled to an extent that it couldn’t be recovered after that.
Another wicket of KL Rahul got knocked off by Adam Zampa just within three overs of him coming to the crease and then winning the match became a piece of cake for the Australians. Even though Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya somehow managed to stay on the pitch and hit a half-century, both of them, attacked by Adam Zampa.
While Dhawan left the crease in 34th over with 74 runs, Pandya was made to depart at 90 in 38th over. The Indian team then finally crashed at 308/8 off 50 over.
The second match of the ODI three-match series will take place on November 29, 2020, at Sydney Cricket Ground. While Australians will play to win the series, Indians will play to take the series up to three matches. India undoubtedly needs to gear up a little as the absence of Rohit Sharma is hitting the team hard.