The first ODI of the three-match series between India and Australia saw the hosts taking a 1-0 lead after defeating the visitors at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Indian bowlers did really well to restrict Australia to 188 runs in 35.4 overs of the first innings, the least number of overs taken by India to dismiss Australia in an ODI in the history of the game.
In reply, Australia started off really well as India’s top-order batters were sent packing in the blink of an eye. After Marcus Stoinis trapped Ishan Kishan in front of the stumps in just the second over of the game, Virat Kohli walked back scoring four runs off nine deliveries and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed for a golden duck. Even the in-form Shubman Gill did not receive much assistance from the pitch.
It was then the calm and composed innings played by KL Rahul that helped India clinch a victory. The wicketkeeper-batter walked out to bat at No. 5, and remained unbeaten scoring 75 off 91 deliveries, thereby taking India over the line. After his 44-run partnership with stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya came to an end, he was joined by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as the duo stitched up an unbeaten 108-run partnership, helping India clinch a win.
After the game, KL Rahul took to his Instagram to share some pictures from the game and captioned:
“Anything you love requires patience…”