IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli reacts to Hardik Pandya failed attempt to play free-hit delivery in 1ST ODI

India won the first ODI against Australia by five wickets.

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Akshit Bhatnagar
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The first ODI between India and Australia was quite a roller-coaster ride. After Mitchell Marsh’s marvelous display with the bat, the Aussies managed to notch up 188 runs on the board. India faced a batting collapse as the top order of the hosts could not score big and was dismissed quite early.

Following the early loss of wickets, it all came down to the Indian middle-order batters, particularly KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya with the focus being on the latter's hard-hitting abilities to quickly aggregate the runs to take India home.

As the middle-order batters took it upon themselves to chase the target, a moment came when Hardik Pandya had to face a free-hit delivery from Marcus Stoinis in the 18th over. Pandya mistimed the shot and only managed to take a single, which caused Virat Kohli to react in an abrupt manner.

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11:43 PM · Mar 17, 2023

KL Rahul-Jadeja's 108-run partnership saves the day for India:

As India lost the top layer early into the chase, KL Rahul, who was coming in with the baggage of dismal Test performances, gave it back to his critics and showed why he still deserves to be the first-choice wicketkeeper-batter for team India.

He struck crucial but brief partnerships with Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya before the two deserted Rahul, leaving India lingering at 83/5. With Jadeja, Rahul then kept the show going as the duo ably assisted each other in taking India home. Rahul scored an unbeaten 75 off 91 balls, whereas Jadeja remained unconquered at 45 after playing 69 deliveries. Rahul's innings was studded with seven fours and one six whereas Jadeja hit five fours to accelerate the action for India.

The two sides will next lock horns in the second ODI on March 19 at Visakhapatnam's Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium.

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