IND VS AUS: Despite a strong start in the first ODI at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Australia could not capitalize as the visitors were bowled out for just 188 runs. The middle order failed to put up a fight when Mitchell Marsh, a southpaw substituted for David Warner, was forced to open the innings. The 31-year-old played some outstanding cricket to set the tone.

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Australia was predicted to reach at least 280 runs in the game based on Marsh’s 81 off 65 deliveries. Still, Mohammad Shami destroyed their middle order, taking the rapid wickets of Josh Inglis, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis. Speaking of the same incidents, Stoinis suggested that the team may have become overconfident following the game. Because of the strong start Marsh gave them. The all-rounder added that the squad should have batted similarly to how KL Rahul did. And that everyone on the team needs to improve their technique.

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“To an extent, we might have gotten carried away watching Mitch bat and how well he struck them and then thinking the score might need to be higher than necessary. There was a bit in the wicket. We need to be better with our techniques and figure out how we will play that. I think KL’s way of batting and blueprint looked about right.”

Stoinis was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au

The 33-year-old also claimed that one of the factors contributing to Australia’s five-wicket loss to India was their inadequate assessment of the playing conditions. Also, he said that the Kangaroos were playing with just three qualified bowlers. Which was an experiment for them in the middle.

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“We didn’t sum the conditions up well enough or score enough. We’re experimenting with a few different combinations, playing eight batters. We understand that if we’re going to play eight batters, we still need to play a certain way up until the 35th over or whatever it might be, and then when the time comes, we can assert some authority on that with our back-end power hitters.”

Stoinis said

India was at a dangerous 83/5 in 19.2 overs while attempting to chase down 189. With left-arm bowler Mitchell Starc grabbing three wickets in a stunning display of seam bowling. But, wicketkeeper-batsman Rahul smashed an unbeaten 75, with Ravindra Jadeja’s 45 not out. He was part of an unbroken 108-run stand for the sixth wicket that helped India cross the finish line and grab a 1-0 series lead. However, Australia was dismissed for 188 in 36 overs due to a collapse of 8/59. Which was started by the fast bowling pair of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj on a pitch that continuously favored seamers.

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