India beat Australia in the first ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday to become the No. 1 ranked team in all formats of the game. The Men in Blue were second in the ODI rankings, but after taking a 1-0 lead over the Aussies in the three-match ODI series, they leapfrogged arch-rivals Pakistan to the top spot. India recorded their first win in Mohali against Australia since 1996 with a convincing five-wicket victory.
After being asked to bat first, Australia got off to a disastrous start as they lost Mitchell Marsh in the very first over. But David Warner and Steve Smith did not allow the game to get out of control as they formed a fine partnership for the second wicket. Warner brought up his half-century but was soon dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja while trying to hit a maximum at long-on. Smith too got a solid start but a nip-backer from Shami sent him packing after scoring 41 off 60.
All the Aussie top-order and middle-order batters got off to a good start but failed to capitalise. Marnus Labuschagne was unlucky to be out stumped while Cameron Green got run out in a similar fashion. Josh Inglis' impressive 45 and skipper Pat Cummins' brisk 9-ball 21 took the team total to 276-10 in 50 overs. Mohammed Shami, who destroyed the Australian top order, returned in the death and claimed three wickets to end with a fifer.
Indian openers set the tone with a 100-plus partnership
In reply, Indian openers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad put India in the driver's seat by putting together a brilliant partnership of 142 runs. Both notched up half-centuries, but then Adam Zampa gave a breakthrough by removing them in successive overs. Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan failed to shine, but captain KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav kept India safe. Sky departed after making a 49-ball 50 and Rahul remained unbeaten on 58 to seal India's victory with a six in the 48.4 delivery.
Speaking after the first innings, Player of the Match Mohammad Shami said: "Very happy, enjoy the company of Siraj a lot. It’s important to bowl in the right areas and set the tone. Yes, it was hot out here. There wasn’t much out of the wicket so the only option was to bowl good lengths and mix-up your variations. Feels good when you put in the effort and get wickets, it’s good for the team and for your confidence."
Here's how fans reacted to India's win over Australia in the first ODI:
UNDER 🐐 ROHIT SHARMA'S CAPTAINCY INDIA BECOMES THE NO.1 RANKED TEAM IN ALL THE FORMATS.....!!! 🇮🇳— titfortat2023 (@titfortat25069) September 22, 2023
Congratulations MenInBlue ❤️— Chandrayaan3 🇮🇳 (@shad_ind) September 22, 2023
Ek odi ranking thi vo bhi gai🤣😂😭 pic.twitter.com/qGeXZ5EmxA— Naks..! (@oyenakss) September 22, 2023
No Rohit Sharma, No Virat kohli, No Hardik Pandya, No Kuldeep Yadav, No Mohammed Siraj but still India dominated over Australia.— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) September 22, 2023
A wonderful victory.
Mohammed Shami the hero with ball and Beautiful opening partnership between Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Captain inning…
Australian fortress taken down ✌️💪— NotWokeEnough (@TheUnXceptional) September 22, 2023
Without Kohli, Rohit we win it so easily, imagine when they will be back in team..— VJ (@VJsGamer) September 22, 2023