IND vs AUS: Watch – Mohammed Shami castles Steve Smith as the batsman chops onto his stumps
Steve Smith was Mohammed Shami’s second wicket in the ongoing first ODI in Mohali.
Mohammed Shami ended Steve Smith’s stay at the crease during the first ODI between India and Australia which is being played at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on September 22, 2023.
India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul won the toss and chose to bowl first. Rahul is leading India in two of the three ODIs, with regular captain Rohit Sharma resting ahead of the World Cup, which will begin next month.
He also revealed that Ruturaj Gaikwad will open the innings with Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj was rested. Also, Ravi Ashwin made his ODI comeback to the team after more than 20 months.
Australia didn’t start off well as Mohammed Shami, playing in place of Mohammed Siraj in this match, gave India an early breakthrough. Despite getting hit for a four in the first over, Shami had Mitchell Marsh caught by Shubman Gill in slips shortly for 4 runs.
Then David Warner and Steve Smith, two of the most experienced Australian batters, stitched a 94-run partnership for the second wicket. They scored at a good rate with Indian bowlers being unable to contain their stroke-making.
Steve Smith chops one onto his own stumps off a Mohammed Shami in swinger
With KL Rahul looking for wickets, he brought on Mohammed Shami for his second spell and he immediately made an impact. Steve Smith was batting on 41 runs and was looking set for a big one. India had already gotten rid of David Warner, who was caught by Gill off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 52 runs.
They wanted another wicket and hoped it was Steve Smith’s. And Mohammed Shami made their dream come true. On the 3rd ball of the 22nd over, Mohammed Shami bowled one delivery on the length outside off stump, but it came into Smith sharply. Smith went for a square drive and managed to edge the ball onto his leg stump.
And with it India got a massive breakthrough as Smith departed after scoring 41 off 60 balls, which included a six and three fours.