IND vs AUS: 1st game flop show, Australia beat India by 66 runs

IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Hardik Pandya’s career-best effort wasn’t good enough to compensate for a forgettable bowling effort as India slumped to a 66-run defeat against Australia in the first ODI, making a rather unimpressive start to the tour, here on Friday.

Virat Kohli’s men started exactly on a note they wouldn’t have liked, giving away 374 runs in 50 overs with rival captain Aaron Finch (114 off 124 balls) and his illustrious predecessor Steve Smith (105 off 66 balls) hitting contrasting hundreds.

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A pitch that looked docile during the first half suddenly came to life in the second as Josh Hazlewood (3/55) bounced out the Indian top-order, including Kohli and a frightened Shreyas Iyer, who got himself into a tangle.

Pandya’s 76-ball 90 and a 128-run stand with senior opener Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 86 balls) delayed the inevitable but it was always a catch-up game after the team was reduced to 101 for 4 inside 14 overs.

Big-hearted leg-spinner Adam Zampa (4/54 in 10 overs) dismissed Dhawan and Pandya in quick succession as India surrendered to scoreboard pressure finishing at 308/8 after 50 overs.

Pandya, who hit seven fours and four sixes, carried his blazing IPL batting form into the first game of the series but it was his fast-medium bowling that Kohli missed on the day as he lacked options when Smith sent his regular bowlers on a leather-hunt.

India badly missed a sixth bowling option with none of their specialist batters good enough to roll their arms for even two to three overs.

It was a day when the bowling unit barring Mohammed Shami (3/59 in 10 overs) flopped badly and poor fielding only added to their woes.

As many as three sitters were dropped and numerous sloppy efforts on the field added to the misery.

The normally steady Yuzvendra Chahal (1/89 in 10 overs) earned the ignominy of worst figures by an Indian spinner and Jasprit Bumrah’s wretched ODI form (1/73 in 10 overs) continued.

India’s fastest bowler Navdeep Saini (1/83 in 10 overs) also struggled like any newcomer does, unable to hit the right length on Australian tracks.

Ravindra Jadeja (0/63 in 10 overs) wasn’t as costly as Chahal but since the past two and half months, his bowling has lacked sting.

India’s eternal nemesis Smith seems ready to torment them a lot in next two months if his 11 fours and four sixes were any indication on Friday.

Not for once was he troubled by the Indian bowlers, who were already under the pump after a 156-run opening stand between Finch and David Warner (69).

A lot of credit should go to Warner and Finch for the manner in which they attacked Chahal.

While Finch used his feet to smother the spin and play against the turn, Warner stayed back in the crease to hit Chahal with the turn, disturbing his line and length completely.

It helped as Smith and Maxwell (45 off 19 balls) had no problems in flaying the bowlers during the last 10 overs.

While chasing, Mitchell Starc’s wayward first over that cost 20 runs did give India the much required impetus at the onset but Hazlewood’s splendid short bowling saw the end of Mayank Agarwal (22 off 18 balls), Kohli (21 in 21 balls) leaving the visitors out of sorts in a jiffy.

Vice-captain KL Rahul (12) couldn’t keep down an innocuous full-toss from Zampa and India were in deep trouble even before 15 overs had ended.

A high percentage of dot balls (148) in the Indian innings also showed how only one team dominated the proceedings.


17:49: Steven Smith is the Man of the Match

“I’ve been searching for something for a couple of months now, unfortunately, haven’t been able to find it. But a couple of days ago I started to hit the ball where I wanted it, and everything came back, the rhythm came back. Finchy and Davey set an excellent platform, we could come and just take off. I wasn’t thinking too much out there, just seeing the ball and hitting it. That’s probably when I bat my best. I took a few more risks than I would normally, targeted some bowlers and fortunately it came off today. I thought it was a bit high (on the lbw referral) and fortunately it was. You need a bit of luck sometimes, nice to ride it today and score a few for the team”.

17:38: Starc to Mohammed Shami, OUT

The Starc yorker on show finally. Too good for Shami, blockhole and off stump knocked back. Not been a happy day for Starc, but he at least has one trademark wicket now
17:25: Zampa to Jadeja, OUT
This time he picks out wide long-on. Down the track again, didn’t get the elevation he had last time, and hits it flatter. Starc moves smartly to his left and pouches the ball, making the catch look easier than it was


17:14: After 41 overs, 253/6

Maxwell gets in a quick over and gives just three as India needs 122 in 54 balls.

17:02: Zampa to Pandya, OUT
Caught at long-on. He had to go for it, with the dot balls piling up and the run-rate climbing. This wasn’t tossed up, it was flatter in fact, which meant Hardik couldn’t get underneath it properly. Still went for it, and lofted it almost cleanly, but not enough to carry over long-on. Goes for his highest ODI score

16:50: Stoinis is injured, Cricket Australia gives update on it

CA statement on Stoinis: “Stoinis has what appears to be a minor groin strain and is not expected to return tonight. Precautionary at this stage. Will be monitored overnight.”

16:44: Zampa to Dhawan, OUT

Chipped to mid-off and Zampa has made the breakthrough. Down the track comes Dhawan but he didn’t try to free his arms and swing through, ended up tamely chipping it. Starc is tall and holds the ball just above his head.

16:44: After 34 overs, 227/4

Dhawan flicks Cummins for a timely boundary and India needs 148 runs from 16 overs.

16:40: After 33 overs, 221/4

Maxwell puts down a tough chance off his own bowling to hand Pandya a life. Dhawan needs to motor on as the more he consumes deliveries, the pressure will be more on Pandya

16:34: Sportsmanship be like!!!

16:28: Personal take on India’s performance so far

“By the looks of it, none of the current lot of Indian batters except Rohit Sharma know the art of accelerating the innings after getting set. They all saw 374 on the board and threw away their wickets in panic”.

16:25: After 29 overs, 201/4: Hardik Pandya is playing a special innings as he surpasses Shikat Dhawan and is batting on 69. The partnership is worth 100 and what a fine recovery this has been. India needs 174 runs at a req. rate of 8.29.

16:08: After 28 overs, 190/4

Dhawan and Pandya are fighting it hard to keep the chase afloat. If they manage to do so, it will be the biggest chase by India ever. Moreover, it will be the biggest successful chase in Sydney as well.

16:03: After 26 overs, 182/4

Top stuff from Marcus Stoinis as he gives just two from his fourth over and Australia has managed to keep a lid on the scoring.

16:01: There have been several records made in Sydney

Australia’s 374 runs total was the highest ever against India. There were several more which were made today. Check them out

15:53: Dhawan follows suit, scores a calculative 50; After 25 overs, 180/4

15:47: Hardik Pandya scores an impressive 50; After 24 overs, 173/4

15:35: After 20 overs; 144/4

It’s a T20 game from now on as Hardik slams Zampa over long-on for a maximum and this could be a game-defining innings from the India all-rounder.

15:33 After 18 overs, 128/4

Hardik Pandya has decided to attack as he smacks Zampa for a maximum over long-on and then gets a thick outside edge as the ball runs to the boundary. Useful runs for India.

15:24: After 17 overs, 129/4

Hardik Pandya is slowly getting into his beast mode. One six and a boundary was crucial to boosting confidence in this mammoth task.

15:16: After 15 Overs, 106/4

Pat Cummins is back for another crack. Good over that – started in wayward fashion by conceding a free hit but recovered well. Three off it in the end.

15:07: After 14 over, 103/4

Adam Zampa, right-arm leg spinner, comes into the attack. He gets KL Rahul! India in deep trouble! India still need 274 to win and it’s the wickets column that will worry them. They still have Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the ranks.

15:05: Drinks! India were off to a sensational start, but Hazlewood came with a spell where he intended to say “I will put you in the spot if you are trying stuff.” He reacted to the batsman so well and prised out three vital wickets and Zampa has just got a gift. Australia keen on closing this out early!

14:57: After 12 overs, 98/3 

Australia attacking with Hazlewood and he has picked crucial wickets to put a lid on the scoring. Just five from the over but the good thing is the required rate is less than the current run-rate.

14:46: Josh Hazlewood lead Australia’s bowling from the front; After 10 overs, 80/3

What Mitch Starc could not do, Josh Hazlewood did for Australia. He has taken three wickets including the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli. The hosts are now in the driving seat.

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14:27: After 7 overs, 64/1

Top edge dropped at fine leg– This is the biggest point of the over as the catch dropped was of none other than Virat Kohli.

Adam Zampa has dropped his RCB captain, that could prove very costly. Good ball by Cummins, bangs it in short and it gets big on Kohli, who goes for the pull. Top edge flies straight to Zampa, into his hands and through them.

Kohli, then hit to consecutive boundaries to end the over.

14:21: After 5 overs, 53/0

The fifty is up for India and this is a superb start with both openers going great guns. Fabulous from Dhawan and Mayank.

14:08: After 3 overs, 39/0; India off to a good start

Brilliant start from India as Dhawan beings in counter-attack fashion as he smokes Starc for three boundaries and this is exactly the kind of start that Kohli would have expected. Mayank is off the mark.

13:59: Why Virat Kohli is key to this chase, After 1st over, 20/0

India have successfully chased down a score of 350+ three times in ODI cricket. Virat Kohli’s scores in those games: 100no, 122, 115no


13:51: The chase begins

Agarwal and Dhawan are at the crease. Agarwal is on strike. Starc will open the attack


13:36: End of Innings: Australia posts a mammoth score of 374/6

Steve Smith and Aaron Finch hit brilliant centuries as Australia posted a massive target of 374/6 in 50 overs. Not to forget the cameo from Glenn Maxwell and this will take some batting from the Indians to chase down this target. Back for the chase in a bit.

13:16: Yuzvendra Chahal had an expensive affair in Sydney

Most runs conceded by an Indian spinner in ODIs
89 Y Chahal vs Aus Sydney 2020 *
88 Y Chahal vs Eng Edgbaston 2019
85 P Chawla vs Pak Mirpur 2008
84 Kuldeep vs NZ Hamilton 2020

13:00: After 48 overs, 354/5

Steve Smith continues to fire as he gets close to his 100. India will be up for a big task today in Sydney.

12:52 pm: Steve Smith takes charge in powerplay; After 45 overs; 330/4

Out! Maxwell depart as Mhd Shami gets his second wicket of the match. It certainly was an important wicket for India. However, the visitors have once again lost its momentum as Steve Smith has taken charge to help the Aussies reach a big total.

12:40 pm: Personal take on the match

“Not sure why at long-off they are so much inside the rope. This is easily the third time when they have missed a catch or given extra runs on that account. Staying at the rope is so basic”

12:29 pm: India continue its fight to stay in the game; After 41 overs, 273/3

With two quick wickets, courtesy of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal, India continues its fight to stay in the game. Aaron Finch scored an impressive 114 runs, while Marcus Stoinis departed for a duck.

12:18 pm: Aaron Finch scores 100, Steve Smith gets a half-century; After 39 overs, 252/1

Australia’s top-order starts the series with a bang. The trio has gone big, each scoring over 50 runs. While Aaron Finch played the captain’s knock, Smith and David Warner supported him well from the other side.

12:12 pm: After 36 overs, 214/1

Smith and Finch continue to motor on and it’s been a toil for the Indian bowlers as even Shami, who got the breakthrough, struggles to break the stand, which is worth 58 off 50 balls.

11:53 am: Close shave for Steve Smith; After 31 overs, 179/1

Smith was Given LBW! he reviews. Jadeja pushed through another quicker flatter ball, it was shorter, Smith went right back trying to work to leg and got hit high on the pad. He thought it was too high. The umpire was convinced it was hitting. No bat involved. Ball tracking says it’s going over the stumps! Smith survives. That was so close to clipping the bails! Incredible.

11:45 am: After 32 overs, 188/1

Australia look in a very strong position despite losing David Warner at 69. Finch is still going steady, and Smith has also started hitting big now.

11:41 am: After 29 overs, 158/1

Chahal spoils a good over by over-stepping and Finch punishes the leg-spinner by dispatching him the backward point boundary.

11:27 am: Finally!! India its first success; After 27 overs, 157/1

Mhd Shami got an important wicket of David Warner who looked dangerous playing at 69.  It was a wide yorker which edged and it was a safe catch for KL Rahul.

11:13 am: After 24 overs, 127/0

Excellent from Chahal as he gives just a single and is trying to build some pressure as Warner tries to go on the attack.

11:06 am: After 23 overs, 123/0; David Warner brings up his 50

David Warner brings up his 50. Both Aaron Finch and Warner look settled now, and will now try to go for big shots. If they can stay at the crease until 30 overs, India might be in trouble.

11:00 am: After 22 overs, 118/0

Still no success for India. And Australia still has Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinins, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Labuschagne. It is a long day for Kohli and team.

10:52 am: After 20 overs, 103/0

Bumrah is back into the attack and India in desperate need for a breakthrough.

10:48 am: Aaron Finch scores fifty as Australia crosses 100 run-mark

10:36 am: Two protestors breach security

In a security breach, two protesters made their way into the field of play during the first ODI between India and Australia before being escorted out.

One of the invaders, carrying a placard denouncing India’s Adani Group’s coal project in Australia, reached close to the pitch just before pacer Navdeep Saini was getting ready to bowl the sixth over of the home team’s innings.

The two were escorted out by the security after their brief invasion.

10:31 am: After 15 overs, 76/0

It was a decent over. Jadeja managed to halt the runs ticking on the Australian board. He just gave four runs at the end of the over. Also, he seemed much comfortable with the ball than Yuzvendra Chahal with ball drifting a lot.

10:19 am: After 13 overs, 64/0

With powerplay over, this is the fourth time India has gone wicketless in the first powerplay.

Here are the other three times it failed to take a wicket:
54/0 vs NZ Hamilton
52/0 vs NZ Auckland
65/0 vs NZ Mount Maunganui

10:17 am: Chahal is Virat Kohli’s trump card. A lot will depend on his bowling, otherwise India is most likely to chase 300+ total.

10:04 am: After 10 overs, 51/0

End of Powerplay and the fifty-run opening stand is up. Australia will be happy with both openers – Warner and Finch getting their eye in.

9:55 am: At end of 8 overs, 40/0

India is finding it hard to break the partnership. The ball is coming directly on to the bat, which clearly shows it is a very batting-friendly pitch. Moreover, this left-right hand combination has kept the Indian bowlers unsettled.

9:42 am: Aaron Finch joins David Warner in 5000 run club; End of 6 overs, 32/0

It is a happy moment for Finch as he completed 5000-runs. He joined David Warner who took 113 innings to reach 5000 run club, while Finch did it in 126 innings.

Here is full list of batsman who have achieved this milestone:

9:41 am: FINALLY!! Fans are back 

9:34 am: At the end of 4 overs, 17/0

That direct hit was a close call for David Warner but he exactly knew what he was doing. He did put in the dive which saved him.

9:30 am: Playing XI analysis

Australia looks more like a more balanced side that India with seven bowling options and batting up to number seven. India, on the other hand, are definitely short of all-rounders.

9:26 am: Just a curious question

Why has India not opted for any swing bowlers? Meanwhile, it is a very beautiful batting conditions – Dry and no humidity. Expect a big score if Finch and Warner stays for at least 10 overs.

Why no swing bowlers from India? ” Beautiful batting conditions. Dry. No humidity

9:22 am: At 2nd over, 7/0

Bumrah using the most of the pitch. Using his variations to give tough time to the Aussies. But in the end, Warner let out the steam with a boundary.

9:21 am: Meanwhile, its Suresh Raina’s birthday

9:17 am: Mhd. Shami starts strong for India. 1st over — 1/0

Shami opened the bowling for India. It was a good 1st over. The ball was swinging and Warner and Finch took their time to settle.

9:10 am: Its National Anthem time
The players will be wearing a black armband to pay tribute to late Dean Jones.

8:54 am: 3 records in reckoning for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli will be the man to watch out for as India take on Australia in the first of three ODI series in Sydney on Friday. The game will be all the more important as there are a number of milestones in his sights. READ FULL STORY

PITCH REPORT: ‘It’s a high scoring ground, the average score batting first in the last five games is 310. You’ve to post a big score, defending is difficult. There is a good covering of grass, it looks nice and even, don’t think it’s a pitch for three spinners,’ reckon Brendon Julian and Mark Waugh, in their pitch report.

Virat Kohli – It’s important to start well as a team, we need to start strongly and set the momentum for the matches ahead. The preparations have been nice, we got some valuable time (on account of the quarantine). Mayank Agarwal will open – Manish Pandey, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Natarajan and Sanju Samson

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini

Aaron Finch – We will bat first. Great to have cricket back in Australia, to play in front of crowds will be nice. The wicket looks good, hopefully, we can put runs on the board and defend. Steve Smith is back, he replaces Mitchell Marsh

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

8:44 am: Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat

8:40 am: Teams are in for warm-up

8:33 am: Shikhar Dhawan reveals Mayank Agarwal likely to open with him

Gabbar during the pre-match interview with Sony revealed that he opened with Agarwal during the practice game. And it is likely that he may open with the KXIP batsman.

8:30 am: T.Natarajan replaces injured Navdeep Saini

The BCCI on Thursday added left-arm seamer T Natarajan to India’s ODI squad as half-fit paceman Navdeep Saini’s cover.

IND vs AUS 1st ODI Pitch Report:
Sydney Cricket Ground is batting friendly, but also offers assistance to the fast bowlers. The average score in the first innings expected will be 250. Batting first has better records than the chasing teams on this wicket. The toss will play an important role.

8:13 am: Glenn Maxwell is looking good in practice

8:00 am: Indian fans sing and dance as crowd returns to the stadium

It will be the first men’s cricket game after nearly nine months which will be played in front of the fans. Interestingly, the Indians fans cannot wait to support the Men In Blue.

7:55 am: Team takes bus for Sydney Cricket Ground
The clock is ticking fast. Indian team has left for the venue.

7:45 am: Virat Kohli unhappy with BCCI over “lack of clarity” on Rohit Sharma’s injury

The India skipper Virat Kohli had shown his displeasure on ‘lack of clarity’ on Rohit Sharma’s injury which has led to the team playing the “waiting game which is not ideal al all”. The BCCI was quick to react on the matter. Read Full Story

7:34 am: It’s almost time. India will finally return to play international cricket. Virat Kohli’s Blue Army takes on Aaron Finch’s Men Down Under in Sydney for the 1st ODI. The game begins at 9:10 am.

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Match: India vs Australia (IND vs AUS)

Date: 27th Nov 2020

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