Vijay Shankar showed great commitment near the ropes to cling onto a superb catch to get rid of Usman Khawaja for 50 off 76 balls during the 1st ODI at Hyderabad. It was a big wicket for India as Khawaja was set and was looking dangerous. Kuldeep Yadav struck at the right time for India to break an 87-run-partnership with Marcus Stoinis. Shankar had a decent day in the field as he conceded 22 runs in his three overs and then picked up a crucial catch. The incident took place in the 24th over when Khawaja decided to up the ante and danced down the track to hit it in the air with the spin over mid-wicket.
Unfortunately, he got the placement wrong and ended up finding Shankar at deep mid-wicket who didn’t make any mistake in grabbing the ball.
At the time of filing the copy, Australia posted 236/7. Khawaja top-scored for the visitors. Kuldeep, Shami and Bumrah picked up three wickets apiece for India. Earlier in the day, Australia got off to a woeful start as they lost their captain Aaron Finch for a duck. Meanwhile, KL Rahul does not find a spot after a good T20I series, Ambati Rayudu seems to be the one being trusted at the 4 spot. Yuzvendra Chahal has been rested as Jadeja, Kuldeep find spots. Pant too does not find a place.
India seems to be persisting with the ploy of experimenting to finalise the World Cup squad.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah