India vs Australia: Mohammed Shami picks his 2nd 5-wicket haul to register his best ODI figures


Mohammed Shami demonstrated his skills with his best ODI figures of 5 for 51, reminding everyone of his abilities while assisting India in limiting Australia to 276 in the first ODI in Mohali on Friday. Shami, who replaced Asia Cup final hero Mohammed Siraj, made a statement with his second five-wicket haul in ODIs.

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His performance also put tremendous pressure on the team’s weakest link among the pacers, Shardul Thakur (0/78 in 10 overs), who was selected primarily for his batting abilities. Shardul would consider himself unlucky that Shreyas Iyer dropped a dolly in the middle of the over when David Warner had barely gotten off the blocks. In batting conditions, India skipper KL Rahul chose to bowl, and Shami set the tone by getting rid of Mitchell Marsh early and when the hosts needed a breakthrough, it was him again who dismissed Steven Smith.

However, Shreyas Iyer would think that if he hadn’t dropped David Warner then they could have restricted the Aussies to a lower total. Ravindra Jadeja got the big wicket of Warner, while Ravichandran Ashwin on his comeback got the in-form Marnus Labuschagne, which helped India gain control of this game. At the death, they did concede a few boundaries, but Shami ran through the lower middle order of the visitors and registered a fine five-wicket-haul, while Shardul Thakur remained the only one without a wicket in this game.

Jos Inglis (45 off 45 balls) and Marcus Stoinis (29 off 21 balls) added 62 runs for the sixth wicket to take Australia past the 250-run mark, but it was far from enough as Shami caught Stoinis just in time to halt their scoring. Warner (52 off 53 balls), Smith (39 off 49 balls), and Marnus Labuschagne (39 off 49 balls) all got starts, but the lack of conversion hurt the Aussies on a day when India’s bowling unit was supremely effective but not exceptional. All eyes were on Ravichandran Ashwin (1/47 in 10 overs), who found his rhythm in the second spell after appearing rusty in the first. He scored 36 runs in his first six overs, but

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Sep 22, 2023


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