Indian bowlers continued to display their magnificent bowling performance as in the 1st match of the 3-match ODI series against Australia, they produced a brilliant bowling display and helped the team restrict the Kangaroos under 300. However, the hero with the ball was Mohammed Shami.
In the final stage of the first innings, Shami returned with a fiery spell to snatch three wickets in quick succession. His brilliant performance earned him a well-deserved fifer, providing a late flourish to India's bowling effort. He later talked about his performance in the post-innings interview. He also made a witty remark when asked about the humid weather in Mohali.
"You guys were in the AC, I was there out in the heat. There was not much the fast bowlers were getting out of the wicket so the slower deliveries were a good option to turn to. If they land in the right areas, the results can really go in your favour. It's important to mix things up. It's a good feeling to get wickets when you're putting in so much effort. It's good for the team and your own confidence." Shami was quoted as saying by NDTV Sports.
Brilliant bowling display by India
Talking about the match, India won the toss and opted to bowl first. Australia faced an early setback as they lost their key player, Mitchell Marsh, in the very first over. However, the two experienced batters David Warner and Steve Smith, managed to forge a crucial partnership. Warner was fortunate to get a lifeline, as he was dropped by Shreyas Iyer, but he capitalized on the opportunity and reached a well-deserved half-century but departed after scoring 52 runs.
Smith, on the other hand, looked solid and promising, but a brilliant delivery from Mohammed Shami proved too much to handle, dislodging his stumps. Marnus Labuschagne, who followed, was unfortunate to be dismissed in an unusual manner and got stumped. Australia's top and middle-order batsmen had all made promising starts but couldn't capitalize on them, as the Indian bowlers consistently applied pressure.
Josh Inglis exhibited his talent with a brisk cameo, contributing 45 runs before becoming the victim of Jasprit Bumrah. Despite several batters showing glimpses of brilliance, Australia found it challenging to build substantial partnerships, thanks to India's resilient fightback throughout the innings as they restricted the visitors on the score of 276 runs.