Team India started their ODI World Cup with a win against Australia on Sunday. India vs Australia was a thrilling spectacle that captivated cricket fans worldwide.
From the first ball of the inning team India was in control of the game but there were moments when Australia tried to bounce back Indian players were in their best version and dealt with the situation in a calm and composed manner.
The fierce rivalry, rich cricketing history, and the clash of titans make these encounters a must-watch. In this article, we have done a detailed analysis of what went right and wrong for both teams during the clash which took place on Sunday.
Aussies decided to bat first after winning the toss but the decision played their part against them and things looked unplanned for the batters.
What Went Wrong?
Early Exit of Mitchell Marsh’
Jasprit Bumrah became the bowler for team India to pick the first wicket of the ODI World Cup and he made Mitchell Marsh his victim.
Mitchell went back to the pavilion for a duck and the top order looked out of order for Australia. His early wicket created pressure on Steve Smith and the rest of the middle order.
Complete Failure of the Middle Order
The Australian middle-order batting faced a major setback during the match and contributed to the team’s vulnerabilities. Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carry, and Cameron Green were sent back to the pavilion for a total score of 50 runs.
Their below-average performance and instability hindered Australia’s overall ability to score runs. Rectifying this weakness is crucial for Australia's cricketing prowess, as a reliable middle order is vital for winning matches and championships.
What Went Right?
Consistent Performance of David Warner and Steve Smith
David Warner and Steve Smith handled the innings well at the top order. They have been in good form in recent times and this can be a good sign for the Australian batting depth. David Warner scored 41 off 52 balls at a strike rate of 78.85 and Steve Smith scored 46 off 71 balls at a strike rate of 64.79.
Josh Hazlewood Strike Back
Josh Hazlewood has consistently delivered exceptional performances in international cricket and he continued his momentum on Sunday as well. Hazlewood dismissed India’s three major batters, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer.
Renowned for his accuracy, pace, and ability to swing the ball, Hazlewood picked up 3 wickets overall at an economy of 4.22 in 9 Overs.
Team India had a positive start to the tournament and they will be high on confidence for the upcoming challenges.
What Went Right?
The decision to play with three spinners on Sunday turned out to be the right decision for the team. The spin trio Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, and Kuldeep Yadav played a crucial role in keeping the game under control.
The trio picked up 6 wickets among themselves where Jadeja shined with a three-wicket haul at an economy of 2.80 in 10 overs.
Partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul
After an early departure of the opening pair, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, batting maestro Virat Kohli and his right-hand man KL Rahul handled the situation and played a pivotal role in helping team India score a win.
Virat Kohli scored 85 off 116 balls and KL Rahul scored 97 off 115 balls during the match and both batters displayed their calm and composed attitude against Australia’s ferocious place attack.
What Went Wrong?
Disappointing start for Skipper Rohit Sharma and Young Gun Ishan Kishan
The start to the ODI World Cup for skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan has not been as good as it was expected before the beginning of the tournament. Both departed for a duck and failed to give the team a good start.
Expectations were high from Shreyas Iyer as well but even he couldn't survive in front of Hazlewood’s pace and lost his wicket without scoring any runs.