Friday, May 24

Shami Claims Five Wickets, but Australia Reaches 276 in Cricket Match

Despite a five-wicket haul by Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami, Australia managed to post a total of 276 runs. In the first innings of the cricket match, Shami’s brilliant performance helped India dismiss key Australian batsmen. Shami’s accurate and skillful bowling earned him five wickets, putting India in a favorable position.

In the ODI match between India and Australia, the Australian team managed to score 276 runs. They were looking set for a higher total around 290 when they reached 248 for 5 at the halfway point of the 47th over. Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis were building a quick partnership. However, Mohammed Shami made a significant impact by taking three wickets in his next nine balls, disrupting Australia’s momentum. Shami’s brilliant performance earned him his second ODI five-wicket haul, and he achieved his career-best figures of 5 for 51. Pat Cummins contributed a valuable 21 runs off just nine balls, helping Australia reach a total of 276 runs.


Shami Claims Five Wickets, but Australia Reaches 276 in Cricket Match
Shami Claims Five Wickets, but Australia Reaches 276 in Cricket Match


In the early stages of the match, Mohammed Shami made a significant impact for India. He struck first for India by getting Mitchell Marsh caught at a wide slip off the fourth ball of the match. The ball was angled in, pitched perfectly on off stump length, and straightened enough to catch Marsh’s outside edge. Following Marsh’s dismissal, David Warner and Steven Smith built a partnership of 94 runs.

However, Shami displayed his skill once again and bowled a beauty that cleaned up Smith. This delivery had his trademark upright seam and was pitched on a length on the fifth stump. The movement back in was sharp, causing Smith to get an inside edge while attempting a lofted drive, resulting in both middle and leg stumps being flattened.

India also got crucial breakthroughs with some luck playing a part. Stand-in captain KL Rahul, who had inserted Australia to bat after winning the toss, made two successive fumbles as a wicketkeeper. These fumbles turned out to be pivotal moments that aided India in restricting the visitors. The pitch, initially seeming slow, eventually assisted both pace bowlers and spinners.

In the 33rd over, with Marnus Labuschagne well-set, he attempted a reverse sweep off R Ashwin. The ball faintly tickled his bat and hit KL Rahul’s right leg. However, Rahul missed the grab, and the ball ricocheted onto the stumps. Replays showed that Labuschagne’s back leg was just outside the crease, resulting in his dismissal for stumped on 39, ending a promising 45-run third-wicket partnership.

In the 40th over, Cameron Green, who was slowly finding his rhythm after a slow start, played a shot that Rahul couldn’t catch on the bounce. Seeing the missed opportunity, Green called for a second run, but his partner Josh Inglis didn’t respond. Green found himself three-fourths of the way down the striker’s end as the ball dribbled away to deep third. Inglis then sent Green back, and although the fielder’s throw was wide of the stumps at the bowler’s end, Suryakumar Yadav was still close enough to collect it and break the stumps, resulting in Green being run-out for 31.

Australia, however, managed to regain momentum when Marcus Stoinis partnered with Inglis. They swiftly added 62 runs off 43 balls, transitioning from a steady innings to an urgent one. During their partnership, they hit seven fours and two sixes. However, Stoinis attempted to play across the line at a length delivery from Shami, which came back in and dismantled the stumps.

Following Stoinis’ dismissal, Australia faced a late collapse, losing four wickets for just 28 runs. Despite the contributions from six of their top seven batsmen, with each scoring at least 29 runs, only David Warner managed to surpass fifty, scoring a stroke-filled 52, while Steve Smith added a steady 41.

Josh Inglis’ contribution of 45 runs would have pleased Australia, especially with Travis Head sidelined due to injury, Glenn Maxwell not featuring in the first ODI, and Alex Carey being rested. The team even handed a debut to top-order batter Matthew Short, who found himself batting at No. 8 but was dismissed after just four balls by Shami.

India’s pursuit of 277 runs will see Shubman Gill making his international debut at his home ground, alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad, as Rohit Sharma has been rested for the initial two ODIs. Additionally, all eyes will be on Shreyas Iyer, who returns after recovering from a back spasm to take the No. 4 spot, as well as an out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav.

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