All eyes shifted its focus towards the 5 match ODI series between India and Australia post a one sided show by the latter in the recently concluded T20I series. The opening 50 over clash at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad marked the beginning of the last international assignment for the Men in Blue before ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The series promised a collective performance by India as the captain of the team, Virat Kohli seemed very much focussed in terms of the team selection. With the entire focus shifting towards the limited over series against Australia, India approached the series as the final hurdle before the start of their World Cup campaign.
Australia seemed comfortable to be in the driving seat before the flip of the coin in the 1st ODI as they had blanked the hosts 2-0 in the recently concluded T20I format. Enjoying an undefeated streak against India in Hyderabad, Australia were determinant on maintaining its track record. But, the Men in Blue showcased a spirited performance, both with the bat and in the field which changed the above statistical figures as they emerged victorious by 6 wickets. The cricket fraternity on Twitter seemed unhappy with the exclusion of KL Rahul from the playing XI. Contrary, it applauded the match winning knock played by Kedar Jadhav as the right handed batsmen tagged alongwith MS Dhoni involved in an unbeaten 141-run partnership which sealed a six wicket victory for the hosts.
The match witnessed many contrasting statistical records for India in the match. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma set record for most fifty pus stands (7) by an Indian pair against Australia in the 50 over format. However, post his exceptional spell in T20 series, Jasprit Bumrah ended with a figure of 10-0-60-2 which marked his 5th most expensive figures overall in ODI cricket. Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter- Nile involved in 53 run stand which saw the visitors end up on 236-7 witnessed the 5th best seven wicket stand for Australia against India in India. A disciplined approach by Indian batsmen throughout their innings marked the highlights of the game. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma set the foundation of the run chase which was taken further by Dhoni and Jadhav. Ravindra Jadeja, though did not pick any wicket during his 10 over spell, recorded the best economy rate in ODIs played in Hyderabad reading 3.3
Twitter appreciated the clinical performance of India for mauling Australia as the pace and spin partnerships of Mohammed Shami- Jasprit Bumrah (4) and Kuldeep Yadav- Ravindra Jadeja (2) bagged 6 wickets in total thereby restricting the opposition to 236-7 (50), below the average first innings score of 286 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Kedar has finished it in style. Is going to play a very crucial role in the World Cup. Good win this for India on a wicket which was not very easy to bat.
And always great to see Dhoni with his calmness being there at the end. #IndvAus
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 2, 2019
He has his own way of dealing with such situations but Dhoni’s 2019 form is such a pleasant surprise. Well played India, well played MSD and Kedar #IndVsAus
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) March 2, 2019
Kedar—what an asset. Bowls crucial overs. Picks big wickets. Finishes games off in style. Really happy to see his constant evolution ☺️???? #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 2, 2019
Very different game once Bumrah and Shami had bowled their first spell. Pressure gone with Vijay Shankar and Jadhav bowling. Seems today 10 might be too many for them.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 2, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 2, 2019