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Ahead of the all-important ICC ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled to take place next month at home, Team India kickstarted their home series against Australia in a superb manner. The Men in Blue managed to register a pretty comprehensive 5-wicket victory over the visiting Aussie team in the first ODI match on Friday at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. India has now taken a 1-0 lead in the IND vs AUS three-match ODI series.
You guys are sitting in the AC boxes replies Mohammed Shami to Harsha Bhogle
India's senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami went on to bowl a sensational match-winning spell to thrash the Australian line-up in the first ODI encounter. He picked up an excellent five-wicket haul while conceding just 51 runs in his quota of 10 overs. During the mid-innings break, senior commentator Harsha Bhogle asked the Indian speedster whether he was feeling the heat during the game in Mohali. Shami came up with a hilarious response which has gone viral on the social media.
"Harsha Bhogle - Were you feeling the heat today?
Mohammed Shami - yes probably, because you guys are sitting in the AC boxes, we were on the ground (laughs)."
Harsha Bhogle - were you feeling the heat today?— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 22, 2023
Mohammed Shami - yes probably, because you guys are sitting in the AC boxes, we were on the ground (laughs). pic.twitter.com/uw88qdvnQQ
"(On bowling longer spells in the heat) It depends on the captain and the game situation, but despite the heat you feel like bowling 4-5 overs with the new ball. I enjoyed the wicket of Marsh, that's a different feeling when you get the outside edge, when you control your swing nicely. It was important to hit the right lengths on this wicket, either at full pace or go slow, but bowling the right lengths were key. (On bowling with the other pacers) We've played together for a long time, so we know what needs to be done. Always enjoy when we bowl well in tandem like this," said India's pacer Mohammed Shami after winning the Player of the Match award.
While talking about the India vs Australia 1st ODI match, after having lost the toss and being asked to bat first, Australia were bowled out for a fighting total of 276 in their 50 overs. Aussie opening batsman David Warner scored a fine half-century while the trio of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Jos Inglis also got some impressive starts.
In reply, the opening combination of Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave India a fabulous start at the top with a brilliant partnership of 142 runs in 21.4 overs. Both the Indian openers scored fifties each after which skipper KL Rahul stitched a crucial stand of 80 runs alongside Suryakumar Yadav. Rahul remained unbeaten at 58 while Suryakumar smashed his third half-century in ODI cricket to help India register a comfortable win with as many as 8 balls to spare.