Australia vs India, 1st ODI – Best Memes

Team India lost the match comprehensively and conceded a 1-0 lead to Australia.

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The SCG was expected to be a featherbed, the ideal track for the batsmen to walk out and dictate terms. The average scores in the last few ODIs was into the 300s and still remained chase-able. However, that was not the case as first the Australian batsmen found it difficult to get their runs early on and then India had a worse time out there with the bat. As a result, the visitors lost the match by 34 runs.

Team India without Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul played Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja instead. Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first, that’s when Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the ideal start getting rid of the Aussie skipper in the 3rd over of the game. The ball was moving around a bit and scoring the big shots wasn’t as easy as it appeared before the start.

Alex Carey hung in there with Usman Khawaja for company and though they took time but the two added runs to the scoreboard. Soon enough Khawaja got to the fifty, his first in ODIs in the last two years. Carey couldn’t read Kuldeep Yadav and fell for 24. Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis all made it count in their own way scoring – 54, 73 and 47* respectively.

Glenn Maxwell walked out way too low in the innings but contributed 11 from 5 deliveries and the team total was 288/5 in 50 overs. At the halfway mark it was said that the Aussies were 20 runs short of the par score.

Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson the new – new-ball pair for Australia was really fired up and struck early. They made three big inroads in the first four overs and India could never recover from the blows losing Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu for cheap. Rohit Sharma was still there and had a slow, dragging yet important partnership with MS Dhoni.

Scoring runs was extremely difficult for them, but the duo hung in there not caring about the run rate but were focused on the larger task. They added 137 runs together but once Dhoni was dismissed for 51 it was too much on Rohit to accomplish.

The opener got to his hundred and kept scoring but while losing partners at the other end one after the other, he also holed out on 133 and that was curtains on the game. Team India lost the first ODI by 34 runs and it was Jhye Richardson who finished the game with 4/26.

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