India vs Australia: Both the teams observe a two-minute silence for Pulwama martyrs
Mayank Markande made his debut for India.
Updated - Feb 24, 2019 8:07 pm
The ambience in India is emotionally charged at the moment, thanks to a dastardly attack on a CRPF convoy and even the game of cricket is not left untouched. Strong reactions have been pouring in ever since the tragedy happened in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and Pakistan has been condemned from all quarters. Voices have also been raised demanding India to boycott their World Cup game against the arch-rivals scheduled at Old Trafford on June 16.
On Sunday, as India resumed their international assignments with a T20I game against Australia in Visakhapatnam, the players from both sides observed a two-minute silence over Pulwama attack before the beginning of the game. The Indian captain also wore a black armband showing their respect ot the martyred soldiers in the ghastly attack on February 14.
Mayank Markande makes his international debut
India picked three spinners in their side with youngster Mayank Markande, who has been in good touch in domestic cricket, making his debut. Krunal Pandya, who has done well in this format, along with wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal were also accommodated in the playing XI. MS Dhoni was playing as the wicket-keeper while Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik were in as specialist batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan was benched at the expense of KL Rahul.
For the Australians, wicket-keeper Peter Handscomb made his T20I debut in the match. The visitors picked four fast bowlers and one spinner in Adam Zampa for the game. As far as the proceedings in the game is concerned, the visitors are in a good position as they picked wickets at the regular intervals and would love to restrict India to a decent total now.
KL Rahul, on his comeback, looked at his best and smacked a half-century. But he couldn’t carry on as India lost five wickets before reaching the three-figure mark.