Steve Smith says: “We weren’t expecting this when we rocked up here. India bowled well this morning, but we probably left a few out there. Had we got 250, we would have had some matches. Mitch started really well. He took the game on early and got a few away. Through the middle, we lost a few too many wickets. We were always one partnership from them beating us, and Jadeja and Rahul did that. 260-270 was par. It was offering a fair bit for the seamers. The ball swung pretty much throughout. We just needed to score more runs. If we had got a partnership and taken it deeper. It was not to be, and credit to India.”
Hardik Pandya says: “We were under pressure in both innings, but we kept our composure and found ways to come out of those situations. When we got the momentum our way, we didn’t let it go. I am really proud of the way we played today. Jaddu did what he was supposed to do coming back after eight months away from ODIs. I enjoyed my bowling and batting and would have loved to finish it off, but the way KL and Jaddu batted, it was calming to those watching from the outside.”
Ravindra Jadeja is the Player of the Match: “Playing ODI cricket after eight months, I was just looking to adapt to the format as early as possible. Luckily I got two wickets, and with the bat, I was only looking to build a partnership with KL. We were playing Test cricket so the line and length are different here. You can’t keep bowling at one pace. I was just looking to bowl in good areas. Also, I was getting a little bit of turn, so I thought I need to bowl in the right areas and the wicket will do the rest.”
India vs Australia Highlights today. 1st ODI (D/N), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Friday 17-3-2023, Australia tour of India 2023.
Pandya says: dew could be a factor, and that they have been batting first well so it is time to test themselves at chasing. India has played just the one wrist-spinner: Kuldeep Yadav. Ravindra Jadeja is the other spinner. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur are the quicks to go with Hardik Pandya.
Steve Smith says: it was a difficult decision to make at the toss, and he might have leaned towards chasing, but doesn’t mind not fielding in the heat. Alex Carey is sick and has gone home. Perhaps home means the hotel? So there is a last-minute change with Josh Inglis coming in. David Warner is not yet 100% so he misses out. Mitchell Marsh will be opening.
Hardik Pandya has won the toss, and India will be bowling.
India team: Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, V Kohli, SA Yadav, KL Rahul†, HH Pandya*, RA Jadeja, SN Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Australia team: TM Head, MR Marsh, SPD Smith*, M Labuschagne, JP Inglis†, C Green, GJ Maxwell, MP Stoinis, SA Abbott, MA Starc, A Zampa
Head to Head In ODI’s: 143
India Won: 53
Australia Won: 80
India ODI Rankings: 1st
Australia ODI Rankings: 2nd
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 1:30 PM Local
Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – Virender Sharma
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match number – ODI no. 4538