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Mohali, Sep 23: In the opening match of the ODI series, India won by five wickets over Australia at the PCA Stadium. The Indian team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series by performing brilliantly with both bat and ball. Australia were all out for 276 runs thanks to an exceptional performance from veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who took his second five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. This brilliant bowling effort set the stage for India’s chase. Chasing the target, India had a strong start, and openers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad made a partnership of 142 runs for the first wicket. Gill, playing his first international match at home, contributed 74 runs off 63 balls, while Gaikwad completed his first ODI half-century by scoring 71 runs off 77 balls.
After the early dismissal of Gill, Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, and Ishan Kishan, the responsibility fell on the shoulders of captain KL Rahul. Once again Rahul came under pressure and scored 58 runs in 63 balls. His innings included four fours and a match-winning six, ensuring India’s victory with eight balls to spare.
Suryakumar Yadav, playing his third ODI, displayed maturity and composure and made an important contribution of 50 runs in 49 balls. His calm and collected approach helped ease any doubts about his adaptability to the 50-over format.
Overall, it was a good performance from India with both ball and bat, which saw them win the opening match of the series. Australia was all out for 276 runs. David Warner scored 52 runs and Josh Inglis scored 45 runs, while Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah took 1 wicket. In reply, India won the match by scoring 281/5 in 48.4 overs. For India, Shubman Gill scored 74 runs and Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 71 runs while Adam Zampa took 2 wickets and Pat Cummins took 1 wicket.