Australia set 305 runs target for the Indians to win the first One Day International at Bangalore. Earlier Adam Gilchrist won the toss and decides to bat first on the flat wicket at M.Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore.
Indian bowler S.Sreesanth & Zaheer Khan strikes early to give the India a great start. Both picked up the wickets to reduce the Aussies score to 18/2 after 3.1 overs.
Australia loose their first wicket in the face of stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist who fell to Zaheer Khan with Yuvraj Singh taking a blinder at point and then S Sreesanth trapped Brad Hodge lbw for a duck.
But Michael Clarke (130 of 132 balls) & Mathew Hayden (34 of 39 balls) build a solid partnership for third wicket to help Australia to reach 78/2 at the end of 13th over. But S.Sreesanth strikes double blow for the Indians to reduce the Australian score to 90/4, dismissing both M.Hayden and A.Symonds in quick succession.
But Michael Clarke hold one end firmly and is well supported by Brad Haddin (69 of 83 balls) to put Australians in commanding position. Both put on 144 runs for the fourth wicket, before Brad Haddin got out in trying to accelerate the scoring rate by Yuvraj Singh.
This is the first ODI that is being played according to new ICC rules which was announced in July 2007 in London. According to rules, , if a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball in an ODI, the next delivery will be a free hit and the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler from that delivery. There will be a mandatory change of the ball after 35 overs of each innings in an ODI.
Indian batsmen now have real job on their hand, since they are chasing under lights and it will be not as easy as in Day. Let’s hope India will continue their good show from where they have left in Twenty20 and win this match comfortably.
Australia – 307/7 in 50 Overs
Michael Clarke– 130 Brad Haddin– 69
S.Sreesanth– 10-0-55-3 Zaheer Khan– 10-0-64-2
Playing XI for India and Australia:
Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C/WK), Irfan Pathan, S.Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Pawar, R.P. Singh
Australian Squad: Adam Gilchrist (C/WK), Mathew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin, Brad Hogg, JR Hopes, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuark Clark.