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In yesterday’s match between India and Australia, the cricketing World witnessed some unexpected things. India's lead bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, was seen giving 51 runs in his first 5 overs of a spell, which hadn't been seen before this match in his 6 years of long international career.
It was the last dead rubber match played between Australia and India after India won the 3-match ODI series by 2-1 in the previous games, which was played at Indore. However, it was important for the 5-time World Cup winner team to start their preparation for the 2023 World Cup on a high note by defeating the number 1 team.
The Australian team made a lot of changes in their playing 11!
Just like the previous game, Australia didn’t make a mistake after winning the toss. Australia decided to bat first on a flat pitch at the Saurashtra International Stadium in Gujarat, which is considered heaven for the batters in international cricket. For the last and the final match of the 3-Match ODI series, the Australian team made a lot of changes in their playing 11, where Pat Cummins was seen playing as Australian Captain with Mitchell Starc coming back in the squad after injury and Glenn Maxwell joining him in the middle order after a long break. However, it was surprising to see young leg spinner Tanveer Sangha picked up in the playing 11 with Mitchell Marsh, who was dropped in the 2nd ODI after playing the first one at Mohali.
The Australian team started well, with Warner and Mitchell Marsh scoring 50 runs in just 6 overs by playing aggressively in front of the Indian pace attack. They made a crucial partnership of 78 runs for the first wicket in 8 overs. However, Mitchell Marsh missed his well-deserved century by just 4 runs, but he was the main hero of the Australian innings, where he scored 96 runs in 84 balls with 13 boundaries and 3 maximums all over the ground. After the fall of Warner’s wicket on the score of 78 runs in the 9th over, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh made a 100-run partnership of 137 runs for the 2nd wicket, which took the Australian team to a total of 345 runs.
Australia's top-4 batters scored half-centuries!
One of the interesting things about Australian innings is that Australia's top-4 batters scored half-centuries, which is a good sign for the Australian team before the 2023 World Cup. But the point of concern for the Indian team is that Jasprit Bumrah gave 51 runs in his first 5 overs, which hasn't happened yet in his 7 years of international career, said cricket expert Aakash Chopra in his latest video on his YouTube Channel. However, the pitch at Saurashtra International Stadium was a flat surface, and it could be one of the reasons behind that, where not only Bumrah but even Siraj and Prasidh were also seen going for a lot of runs against the yellow army.
If we look at India’s bowling performance in 10 overs, Bumrah conceded 81 runs by taking 3 wickets, whereas Md. Siraj gave 68 runs in his 9 overs of a spell by taking 1 wicket. And Jadeja and Sundar have gone wicketless in 10 overs by giving 61 and 48 runs each.