After securing victory in the Asia Cup, India and Australia, fresh from a recent defeat in South Africa, commenced their three-match ODI series as part of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup. The action unfolded in Mohali on a Friday.
Following the coin toss, which favored the hosts who elected to bowl first, Australia, despite an early setback with the loss of their initial wicket to Shami, adopted a measured and cautious approach. In the face of adversity, Warner and Smith formed a resilient partnership that accumulated a steady 94 runs.
The turning point came when Jadeja managed to dismantle this partnership by dismissing Warner. Shortly thereafter, Shami further compounded the Australian team’s troubles with a remarkable delivery that featured exquisite seam movement, resulting in the dismissal of Smith.
The crucial moment transpired in the 23rd over of the Australian innings when Shami unleashed a perfectly executed upright seam delivery against the Aussie batsman. Despite initially appearing to defend successfully, the 34-year-old found himself beaten while attempting a drive.
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Shami’s impeccable skill was evident as the ball sharply veered inwards, slithering past the inside edge, and then crashed into the stumps with a resounding rattle. This exceptional performance by Shami ignited a celebratory atmosphere on Twitter, with India firmly establishing their dominance in the match.