Brilliant innings under pressure
There was a lot of pressure on Rahul, who was facing constant criticism, in such a situation, to prove himself, he chose the platform where the team expected him to score big. When Rahul got down to bat at number five, the condition of the team was bad. Mitchell Starc was on fire. Had dismissed Virat and Suryakumar Yadav on two consecutive balls. Shubman Gill, who was batting well, was also dismissed, so the entire burden came on Rahul’s shoulders, from here he shared an unbeaten 108-run partnership with captain Hardik Pandya for the fifth wicket and 44 runs for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.
Earlier, with the help of three wickets each from Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, Australia’s team was bundled out for 188 runs. The last six wickets fell within 19 runs in 7.5 overs. While the Indian pacers bowled economically, Kuldeep and Jadeja conceded 94 runs in 17 overs and took three wickets each.
What if there were no marshes?
If Mitchell Marsh had not scored 81 runs in 65 balls for Australia, the score would have been worse. Shami took three wickets for 17 runs in six overs. On the other hand, Siraj, who gave India success in the second over, bowled brilliantly in the second spell, taking three wickets for 29 runs in 5.4 overs. Marsh gave Australia a great start by hitting ten fours and five sixes in his innings. After a heel operation, he returned after taking a break of three months. Marsh continued to score runs at one end but wickets kept falling at the other end.
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