India and Australia squared off in the first ODI at Mohali. India won the toss and chose to bowl. This is the first ODI of the three-match series. Mohali, Indore and Rajkot will be the three venues where the ODIs will be played. This series will be a perfect time for both teams to get into the groove of playing some ODI cricket ahead of the World Cup.
Mohammed Shami has been in great form for the Men in Blue he first took Mitchell Marsh out of the equation by bowling him a cracker of a ball. Then Shami came back to bowl another burst where he bowled an inswinging delivery Smith looked to play the drive but the ball still curved further in and took the inside edge before disturbing the leg stump. It was an absolute ripper from Shami.
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Australia beat India 2-1 in an ODI series played ahead of the 2023 Indian Premier League
Smith was in terrific form as he made 41 off 50 balls but somehow was not able to convert his knock into a big score. David Warner got off to a great start. The swashbuckling left-hander should have been back to the pavilion on 14 but Shreyas Iyer dropped a catch. Warner made a stroke-filled 52 off 53 balls with six fours and two sixes.
The Kangaroos have a great chance to get acclimatised to Indian conditions just ahead of the World Cup. India on the other hand would want to try and win the series to have some psychological advantage ahead of the big tournament. In the last few tours to India, Australia have won two bilateral series.
Just before the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place the Kangaroos beat the Men in Blue 2-1. For India, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were rested for the first two ODIs. For Australia, the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Smith are coming off injuries, Starc was left-out of the first ODI. Josh Inglis will keep wickets for Australia in place of Alex Carey who has been their regular.