Steve Smith On Australia Defeat: The first ODI between India and Australia was played on 17 March. In this match held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Team India defeated the Kangaroos by 5 wickets. At one time India had lost four wickets for 39 runs in this match. Then it seemed that the match would go out of the hands of Team India. But due to the sensible innings of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, India was able to win by 5 wickets. After this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the three ODI series. After the match, Australia captain Steve Smith has given the reason for the defeat in the first ODI.
A score of 250 would have been better
During the presentation ceremony, Steve Smith said, ‘We were not expecting what we did in the match. India bowled well. If we had scored 250 runs in the match, we would have had some chance. Really good start from Mitchell Marsh. We lost quick wickets in the middle order. We were losing to a partnership from India. Jadeja and Rahul did the same. It was a good wicket for the fast bowlers. The ball was spinning too fast. We needed to score some more runs. If we had got a big partnership, we would have been in the match. But this did not happen.
Australia limited to 188
India won the toss and fielded first in this match played at Wankhede in Mumbai. The Australian team, which came out to bat, did not have a good start and the first wicket fell on the score of 5 runs. After that, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh made a half-century partnership and recovered the team from this setback. Smith got out after scoring 22 runs. If Mitchell Marsh is left out, then all the other Kangaroo batsmen disappointed. Marsh got out after scoring 81 runs. The entire Australian team was bundled out for 188 runs in 35.4 overs. While doing excellent bowling from India, Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj took 3-3 wickets. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja got 2 wickets. Later, India achieved the target of 189 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 39.5 overs.
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