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Right then, Australia have posted a below-par score but they have that bowling firepower to defend this while the hosts will be confident that their batters can back the good job done by their bowlers and start their World Cup campaign on a positive note. Join us in a bit to see how the chase unfolds.
Ravindra Jadeja, the pick of the bowlers for India is up for a quick chat. He says that he plays for Chennai and knows the conditions. Mentions that he was hoping to get two or three wickets before the start of the game and is happy to get those. Shares that the odd ball was turning and he was looking to bowl at the stumps. Adds that he was mixing the pace as well. States that the Chennai crowd always comes in good numbers. Ends by saying that they need to keep it simple in the chase and not do anything fancy.
India, on the other hand, will be extremely pleased with their bowling effort. Their catching and fielding were top-notch as well which is an area where they have struggled a bit in recent times, but not in this opening game. It was ‘Boom Boom’ Bumrah who set the tone for them by getting rid of Mitchell Marsh early on. After they couldn’t pick any wickets for a long time but kept the runs in check too. The spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav were absolutely fantastic and used the conditions well. Kuldeep got the wicket of Warner while Jadeja removed Smith with a gem and then they controlled the game and didn’t give an inch to the Aussie batters. Jadeja ended up with three wickets while Kuldeep got a couple of scalps and Ashwin picked up one too. Hardik Pandya was a bit expensive but he too got a wicket in the penultimate over while Mohammed Siraj finished the job which meant that all the bowlers got into the wicket-taking act for India.
Australia suffered an early blow when Mitchell Marsh went back without opening his account. However, after that David Warner and Steven Smith took a careful approach and stitched up a good partnership of 69 runs where the former became the fastest player to reach 1000 runs in the ODI World Cup, but right after the drinks break Warner got dismissed for 41 and they had to go into the rebuilding phase again. Smith along with Marnus Labuschagne steadied the ship for a bit, but the former perished for 46 to a peach of a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. After that, no other batter could really make much impact and they suffered a collapse as they went from 110 for 3 to 140 for 7. However, some good contributions from the skipper, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc took them close to that 200-run mark.
A dominating bowling display from the Men in Blue! The boys have shown that they are up for the challenge in this World Cup and managed to restrict Australia to 199. The Aussies would have hoped for a better performance but the good thing for them is that this has come in the opening match and not at the business end of the tournament.
49.3 overs (0 Run) OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Australia fall one short of 200 then! Mohammed Siraj cleverly pulls his length back and rolls his fingers over the ball as well, on off, Mitchell Starc tries to pull this one off the front foot but does not manage to ride on the bounce. Splices it in the air towards deep square leg where Shreyas Iyer swoops forward and completes a good running catch. Mohammed Siraj has a wicket to his name. Australia bowled out for 199!
49.2 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Mitchell Starc is taking Australia to the 200-run mark! Mohammed Siraj misses the yorker and serves it tin the slot, full in length, Mitchell Starc clears his front leg and hammers it back past the non-striker for a boundary.
49.1 overs (0 Run) In the blackhole by Siraj, on middle, Mitchell Starc drills it straight to long on and refuses the single.
Mohammed Siraj (6-1-22-0) to bowl the last over. Can he keep Australia under 200?
48.6 overs (1 Run) Another full delivery, outside off this time, Mitchell Starc eases it with soft hands in front of extra cover. Retains the strike with a single.
48.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Important runs these for Australia! Hardik Pandya goes a bit too straight, full and on the pads, Mitchell Starc does not miss out as helps it wide of short fine leg for a much-needed boundary.
48.4 overs (0 Run) Pulls his length back and angles it across, outside off, Mitchell Starc shapes to chop it on the off side. Bottom edges it along the ground to KL Rahul.
48.3 overs (1 Run) At 131.1 kph, fuller and outside off, Josh Hazlewood extends his arms and pushes it through covers. Gets off the mark with a single.
Josh Hazlewood is the last man in.
48.2 overs (0 Run) OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust as Hardik Pandya joins in on the fun! Bowls with seam up and pace on, fuller in length, Adam Zampa stays back and tries to go down the ground. The ball turns in his hand and he ends up hitting it flat towards mid off. Fails to hit it wide of the fielder and Virat Kohli makes absolutely no mistake. Hardik Pandya has his first wicket of the game and Australia are now nine down!
48.1 overs (1 Run) Starts with an off pace delivery, on a length, on middle, Mitchell Starc swats it without much timing to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
Hardik Pandya to bowl the penultimate over. He has conceded 21 runs in his two overs.
47.6 overs (0 Run) Tailing in, full and at the pads, Adam Zampa gets cramped for room but still manages to clip it away to mid-wicket.
47.5 overs (1 Run) Full and angling across, outside off, Mitchell Starc sits deep in his crease and drags it along the ground to deep mid-wicket for one.
47.5 overs (1 Run) WIDE! This is bowled short again but beyond the tramline on off, left alone by Mitchell Starc for a wide.
47.4 overs (1 Run) Bangs it in short again, at the batter, Adam Zampa swivels and hooks it down to fine leg for a single. .
47.3 overs (0 Run) Length delivery again, just outside off, Adam Zampa gives himself room and tries to free his arms. Mistimes the punch to mid off for another dot.
47.2 overs (0 Run) Lands it on a length, on off, Adam Zampa stays leg side of the ball and taps it towards cover.
47.2 overs (1 Run) WIDE! Loses his radar and goes way down leg, on a length, the ball moves further away after pitching. KL Rahul dives quickly to his left and denies any extra runs.
47.1 overs (1 Run) Bowls it into the wicket, Mitchell Starc hangs back and fetches it from outside off. Mistimes the pull in front of deep mid-wicket for a single.
Mohammed Siraj (5-1-17-0) is back on.
46.6 overs (1 Run) Searing yorker again, at the stumps, Mitchell Starc gets his bat down in time and inside edges it behind square on the leg side for a single.
46.6 overs (1 Run) WIDE! Full and sliding down leg, Mitchell Starc lets it go for a wide.
46.5 overs (0 Run) Another yorker, at the stumps, Mitchell Starc clears his front leg and jams it out to mid off.
46.4 overs (0 Run) Oh, so close! Nails the yorker, just outside off, Mitchell Starc swings through the line but gets beaten for pace. Luckily for him, the ball sneaks just past the off stump.
46.3 overs (0 Run) Takes pace off and bowls it on a length, on middle, Mitchell Starc stays beside the ball and defends it out.
46.2 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Short and punished! Jasprit Bumrah goes slightly short, on middle, Mitchell Starc stands tall and latches onto the pull. Smokes it over deep square leg for a biggie.
46.1 overs (0 Run) On a hard length, on middle, Mitchell Starc hangs back to defend. The ball angles back in and catches the inside edge.
45.6 overs (0 Run) Another carrom ball, full and on middle, Adam Zampa prods forward and defends it towards extra cover.
45.5 overs (1 Run) Bowls it short, on middle, Mitchell Starc turns it through square leg and takes a single.
45.4 overs (0 Run) Tossed up, on off, Mitchell Starc pushes it towards cover for a dot.
45.3 overs (0 Run) Slows it up, full and on middle, Mitchell Starc gets down and goes for the slog sweep. Swings too early and gets hit near the waist.
45.2 overs (1 Run) Tosses it up, full and on off, Adam Zampa gets on the front foot and knocks it down to long on. Virat Kohli swoops in but misses the shy at the non-striker’s end. It would not have mattered anyway as Zampa was in.
45.1 overs (1 Run) Drops it short, on off, a hint of away turn, Mitchell Starc taps it down to long off for a single.
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