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The primary ODI of the three-match sequence between India and Australia noticed the hosts taking a 1-0 lead after defeating the guests on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Indian bowlers did very well to limit Australia to 188 runs in 35.4 overs of the primary innings, the least variety of overs taken by India to dismiss Australia in an ODI within the historical past of the sport.
In reply, Australia began off very well as India’s top-order batters had been despatched packing within the blink of an eye fixed. After Marcus Stoinis trapped Ishan Kishan in entrance of the stumps in simply the second over of the sport, Virat Kohli walked again scoring 4 runs off 9 deliveries and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed for a golden duck. Even the in-form Shubman Gill didn’t obtain a lot help from the pitch.
It was then the calm and composed innings performed by KL Rahul that helped India clinch a victory. The wicketkeeper-batsman walked out to bat at no. 5, and remained unbeaten scoring 75 off 91 deliveries, thereby taking India over the road. After his 44-run partnership with stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya got here to an finish, he was joined by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja because the duo stitched up an unbeaten 108-run partnership, serving to India clinch a win.
After the sport, KL Rahul took to his Instagram to share some photos from the sport and captioned:
“Something you like requires endurance…”
Notably, KL Rahul had been out of shape for fairly a while, which additionally led to him being dropped from India’s enjoying mixture for the third and fourth Checks in opposition to Australia within the lately concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy. After poor outings within the white-ball format, he was additionally faraway from the vice-captain’s position and Pandya was given the duties.
Within the ODI sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka at residence, Rahul managed to notch up one half-century (64*), however did not convert his knocks to massive scores within the remaining video games. Within the away sequence in opposition to Bangladesh, he did not put up a present within the Checks and even the ODIs.
Therefore, the knock in opposition to Australia would have meant quite a bit for him, particularly at a stage the place the staff has been getting ready for the ODI World Cup which is about to be hosted by India later this 12 months. Rahul could be aiming to place up comparable performances within the upcoming video games in order to cement his place within the staff.