Indian gamers rejoice after the autumn of an Australian batter.© AFP
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket group received the toss and opted to bowl towards Australia within the WTC remaining on the Oval on Wednesday. The match supplies an opportunity for India to finish its decade-long ICC title drought. Speaking in regards to the choice, former India participant Farokh Engineer made some fascinating observatiions. “…India winning the toss, the decision (to bowl first) is a bit surprising but I think the decision was taken because our batsmen do not want to be exposed to the Australian attack on a fresh green track. We are hopeful, Mohd Shami and Siraj are effective. I think they will be effective. It’s a bold decision. He (Cheteshwar Pujara) is a key member of the side. So are Virat and Shubman Gill. We have a very good batting lineup. Very good all-round side,” Farokh Engineer instructed ANI.
India pacer Mohammed Siraj breathed hearth in his opening spell earlier than seamer Shardul Thakur removed a well-set David Warner to cut back Australia to 73 for 2 at lunch on day one of many World Check Championship remaining towards India. Having survived difficult situations within the first hour at The Oval, Warner (43 off 60) and Labuschagne (26 batting off 61) had been on target to see off the session till Thakur dismissed the left-handed opener with a brief ball concentrating on his rib cage. Wicketkeeper KS Bharat took a well-judged catch down the leg-side. India expectedly opted to bowl in overcast situations and on a pitch with truthful quantity of grass. They made the powerful name to go away out Ravichandran Ashwin from the enjoying eleven for a four-pronged tempo assault together with Shami, Siraj,Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. Each Siraj and Shami stored Australia in examine within the first hour, sharing six overs six every and conceding solely 29 runs.
Siraj breathed hearth and bought extra out of the floor than Shami by bowling with a scrambled seam. Usman Khawaja (0 off 10), who has an abnormal report in England, started the tour on a disappointing be aware as he bought a faint edge off a ball that pitched exterior the off stump and seamed means.
There was minimal toes motion and he paid the value for enjoying away from the physique and the nick was taken simply by Bharat behind the stumps.
With PTI and ANI inputs
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