Watch : KL Rahul’s Unbeaten Knock Guides India to Victory in Series Opener Against Australia

KL Rahul's Unbeaten Knock Guides India to Victory

India defeated Australia by five wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series on Friday, with KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 75 runs leading India’s recovery from 39/4 to chase down a 189-run target. The Wankhede Stadium witnessed Rahul’s heroics, which guided India to a thrilling victory with five wickets to spare.

India’s bowling attack, led by Mohammed Shami, was in top form as they restricted Australia to a below-par score of 188 in 35.4 overs. Mitchell Marsh’s 81 off 65 balls had put the Aussies in a commanding position at 129/2 until Shami’s spell turned the game around. Shami picked up three crucial wickets, while Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya claimed three and one wicket, respectively.

Chasing the target, India was in trouble with Mitchell Starc’s sharp bowling removing three key batsmen in quick succession. However, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja’s partnership turned the game in India’s favour as they steadied the ship and chased down the target in 39.5 overs.

The victory was a great start for India in the three-match ODI series against Australia, and they will look to continue their momentum in the next match, scheduled for March 19 in Visakhapatnam.

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Twitter Reacts to KL Rahul’s Heroics

KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 75 off 91 balls drew praise from cricket fans all over the world. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:


Watch : Ravindra Jadeja’s Instincts Lead to Another Disastrous DRS Call by Rohit Sharma in IND vs AUS Match

Ravindra Jadeja's Instincts Lead to Another Disastrous DRS

The fourth test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia witnessed yet another disastrous DRS call by Team India, as Ravindra Jadeja convinced skipper Rohit Sharma to make a horrible decision against Usman Khawaja, the Australian opening batter.

The Indian bowling lineup failed to make much of an impact on the flat Ahmedabad pitch, and Khawaja took advantage of the situation by playing a heroic knock of 180 runs, batting for five sessions, making things really tough for the Indian team.

Even the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel were made to toil hard as Khawaja didn’t give them any chance to dismiss him. Team India eventually went on to make a shocking DRS call against the left-handed batter, hoping to get rid of him.

On the 128th over of the Australian innings, Khawaja pushed an outside off delivery bowled by Jadeja using his pads as he didn’t offer any shot. The left-arm spinner instinctively made a huge appeal, but the on-field umpire gave it not out, after which he convinced skipper Rohit Sharma to call for DRS.

Unfortunately, it was a terrible decision as the ball was missing the off-stump by a mile. This was not the first time that Rohit lost DRS trusting Jadeja’s instincts, as he had made the same mistake a couple of times during the third test in Indore.

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Khawaja’s knock provided the foundation that the Australian team was looking for. His massive partnership with all-rounder Cameron Green for the fifth wicket put the Aussie side in the driver’s seat as they posted a huge total of 480 before getting bowled out. Green too played a crucial knock of 114 runs.

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After getting rid of Khawaja and Green, Team India couldn’t quickly wipe out the Australian tail as Nathan Lyon scored 34 and Todd Murphy scored 41. While the other Indian bowlers didn’t look threatening to the Aussie batters, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

Ashwin finished with the figures of 6 for 91 on the Ahmedabad pitch, which had no help for the spinners as the Men in Blue had to bowl 167.2 overs to dismiss the Australian batting lineup.

Axar Patel Hilariously Blames Jadeja for Not Getting Enough Overs to Bowl

Axar Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja, India’s star all-rounder, has been a nightmare for the Australian batters in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. After taking 3 wickets in the first innings and then coming up with his career-best figures of 7-42 in the second innings of the second test, he also took 7 wickets in the first test at Nagpur. Due to his deadly bowling spells, Axar Patel, who also bowls left-arm spin, hasn’t got a chance to bowl any significant spell in the series till now. Patel had played a heroic knock with the bat in the second test, scoring 74 runs in the first innings that restricted the Australian team from getting a significant first innings lead.

After Team India’s victory in the Delhi test, Axar Patel interviewed Ravindra Jadeja on, and the two spin-bowling all-rounders shared a hilarious interaction. “Sir, meri to bowling aa nahi rahi hai. Axar ko bowling nahi dena hai isliye aisa ball dal rahe ho kya?” Axar asked Jadeja. (“Sir, I’m not getting a chance to bowl. Are you bowling like this so that Axar doesn’t get a chance to bowl?”)

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“They [the Australians] prefer playing the sweep and reverse sweep. My effort was to bowl stump to stump. If they miss, and the ball stays low, then the ball is bound to hit the stumps. That’s what happened today when five balls hit the stumps,” replied Jadeja on a serious note.

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Axar Patel couldn’t contribute much with the ball as both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin took wickets at regular intervals, while Mohammad Shami also looked threatening as he ended up taking a four-wicket haul. Patel has bowled just 28 overs across 4 innings and has picked up just 1 wicket, which is way lesser than the standards set by him in the recent past.

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Most Runs in WPL 2023 (Women Premier League) Highest successful run-chases in men’s T20Is History Most Sixes in the Last over of IPL Most UCL Champions Title by a Club Players who got out on 99 in IPL