India and Australia squared off against each other in the three-match ODI series in India. The first ODI was played at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium. India won the toss and chose to bowl. The Indian pace attack got off to a wonderful start as Mohammed Shami produced a beautiful delivery to get rid of Mitchell Marsh.
In the fourth ball of the first over, Shami bowled a good-length ball on the middle stump, the ball pitched and shaped away. Marsh had already taken a position for playing the defence of the front foot. The ball flew quickly to the first slip where Shubman Gill took the catch with ease. Marsh had been India's tormentor the last time Australia had toured India.
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Mohammed Shami at his very best.
Exceptional, Shami. pic.twitter.com/d4scCwDtUJ
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 22, 2023
The Men in Blue would have been relieved to see the back of Marsh. For India, Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback into the ODI side. Iyer played the first two games in the Asia Cup before laying low due to a back problem. For Ashwin, it was a comeback after a long hiatus as he had last played an ODI for India against South Africa in 2022.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested for the first two ODIs against Australia
For Australia, they went for Josh Inglis as wicketkeeper despite having Alex Carey in their squad. Australia have three bowling options in their playing XI and have Matthew Short who is an opener batting at eight. The Kangaroos won the last ODI series that was played in India ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 2-1.
For the Men in Blue, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were rested for the first two ODIs. Coach Rahul Dravid revealed in the pre-series match presser that this step was taken to keep the two senior players in good physical and mental space ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup that will take place in India. The tournament will start on October 5 with England playing the first game against New Zealand.