Shami, Jadeja inspire comeback as Australia shot out for 188


Shami, Jadeja inspire comeback as Australia shot out for 188

by Staff • Published on Fri, Mar 17, 2023

Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja led India’s turnaround in the opening ODI against Australia as the visitors were bowled out for just 188 on Friday (March 17) in Mumbai. While Jadeja scripted the comeback after Mitchell Marsh’s rapid 81, Shami ripped through the Australian middle order as they went from 129/2 to 188 all out to hand India the advantage.

Australia made a poor start to their innings as Mohammad Siraj struck in just the second over of the game. Travis Head, who has been in very good form in ODI cricket, stepped down and wanted to drive away from his body, only to get an inside edge that shattered the stumps. But India’s joy was short-lived as Marsh took control post that initial spell when the ball was moving around. Marsh, playing in place of David Warner, smashed Siraj for three boundaries to break the shackles.

Steve Smith then punished a short ball from Shami to get going before coming up with a cover drive off Siraj in the next over. Marsh then took on the aggressive option in the powerplay by regularly finding the boundary before clubbing Shardul Thakur for a perfect six straight over the bowler’s head as the visitors raced to 59/1 after ten overs. Even though Smith chased a wide delivery against Hardik Pandya and edged one behind, India had no respite from Marsh’s onslaught as he kept dealing in sixes.

Marsh welcomed Kuldeep Yadav into the attack with back-to-back boundaries to bring up 50 off 51 balls. But post getting to a fifty, he absolutely hammered the Indian bowling attack by smashing 31 off his next 13 deliveries to stun the home crowd. He hit a six each off Kuldeep and Jadeja and looked on course to register three figures pretty quick. However, Jadeja gave India a huge reprieve with a delivery that was well flighted and turned after pitching as Marsh mistimed it to get caught at short third man.

That was the wicket that India needed as they capitalised on the opening to trigger a collapse. Jadeja then took a stunning catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne before Shami came back to break Australia’s back. Josh Inglis, playing in place of Alex Carey, chopped one onto his stumps off Shami despite pulling him for a six earlier in the over before Cameron Green saw a delivery pitched at a good length clatter his stumps. While it appeared like Australia still had a chance to put up something substantial at 174/6 after 30 overs due to the presence of Marcus Stoinis, who came in at 8, India nipped such suggestions early.

Stoinis, who was put down by Shubman Gill first ball, was gobbled by the same fielder at first slip in Shami’s next over and once Jadeja got rid of Glenn Maxwell in tame fashion, it was curtains for Australia. Siraj came back into the attack to make short work of the tail as Australia were forced to settle for a below par total.

Brief scores: Australia 188 in 35.4 overs (Mitchell Marsh 81; Mohammed Shami 3/17, Mohammed Siraj 3/29) vs India

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