Indian Cricket Team registered a narrow victory over Australia in the 1st ODI. The Men in Blue won the match by 5 wickets but at one stage the hosts were in a dangerous position at 83-5. KL Rahul played a terrific knock of 75 runs in 91 balls where he struck 7 fours & 1 six.
Ravindra Jadeja & KL Rahul were involved in a match-winning partnership of 108 runs. The duo looked in complete control and they didn’t panic even after playing a string of dot balls. Skipper Steve Smith would rue their performance in the field where they dropped catches where Smith’s tactics were a bit questionable where he gave easy runs to the batters.
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Skipper Hardik Pandya would be ecstatic as the team displayed never to say die-attitude. The decision to make Ravindra Jadeja bat at No.7 proved to be decisive. It looks unlikely that Jaydev Unadkat will get a game as it was a near-perfect performance from the bowling unit.
Australia might consider including Ashton Agar in the playing 11 in the 2nd ODI slated on 19th March (Sunday). Ashton Agar can provide variation to the bowling attack and at the same time, he is a handy batter too. The Aussies would be aware of the fact that last time in 2020 in India, the Men in Blue had defeated Australia in the ODI Series by 2-1.
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Just tried to play normal cricketing shots- KL Rahul
KL Rahul was seen having an interaction with the commentary panel after the end of the match and was asked about the strategy after losing wickets in quick succession.
“Saw three wickets fall down early, Starc was swinging the ball well and when he brings the ball back in, he is a dangerous bowler. Just tried to play normal cricketing shots. Got a few boundaries away and that settled my nerves. I batted with Shubman, Hardik, and Jadeja. The talk was that there’s help on the wicket but we did not want to get into our shell and play out a certain bowler.” said KL Rahul
It was fun batting with Ravindra Jadeja- KL Rahul
“We wanted to be positive and put the loose balls away. If we are good without footwork, we could do well and it was fun batting with Jadeja. The minute the left-hander walked in, I got a few loose ball. That happens to the best of bowlers. The left-hander walking in and that worked for us. Jaddu batted beautifully and he runs hard between the wickets. He is in great form and he knows what to do in those situations.” he stated.
I like keeping wickets- KL Rahul
“When we started off, I didn’t think the pitch will help the bowlers that much. Once Shami came back for his second spell, he did wonders. Any team that wants to win needs to pick wickets in the middle overs. When there’s bounce, I like keeping wickets. It is a bit of a challenge when it is slow and low, it is challenging physically. The ball was moving around and I enjoy playing here at the Wankhede.” he added.
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