The first ODI between Australia and India is being staged at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. Australian batsmen dominated the Indian bowling attack from the word goes. Indians never had a chance to cause hiccups to the hosts.
The Men in Yellow showcased their mettle by scoring runs quickly while also mounting pressure on the visitors. In the process, the hosts posted a mammoth total in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
Aaron Finch and Steve Smith scored a century apiece to steer Aussies into the comfort zone. As things stand, it clearly appears that the hosts are the favorites to take the first lead in the ODI series.
Despite Mohammed Shami, no other Indian bowler lived up to his potential. Team India has a lot of catching up to do to outsmart the hosts’ bowling attack. They just need to maintain a good run rate to win the match.
Protestors halt the match
In the ongoing ODI match between Australia and India at the SCG, a couple of fans interrupted the play. The fans invaded the pitch while holding the placard that reads ‘NO $1B ADANI LOAN’ sign.
The protestors were on the turf for a while before security officials walked and brushed them aside. After the protestors walked out of the ground, netizens took to their respective social media accounts and expressed their opinion on Twitter.
Earlier today, the ‘Stop Adani’ group issued a press release, requesting SBI not to sanction a loan of 1 billion AUD to Adani. For the unversed, Gautam Adani is the founder of Adani Ports & SEZ.
Adani is one of the richest billionaires in India. The Adani Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate. It was founded by Gautam Adani himself in 1988 as a ‘commodity trading business’, with the flagship organization Adani Enterprises Limited.
Australia post a humongous total
The hosts are in the driver’s seat at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts got off to a sensational start as they kept on smashing fours and sixes at will. Australia posted 374/6 in 50 overs.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell were among the run-scorers. Warner scored 69 with the help of 6 fours. Aussie captain Finch scored 114 including 9 fours and 2 sixes. Smith scored 105 off 66 balls.
Steven Smith smashed as many as 11 fours and 4 sixes in his quick-fire knock. Maxwell who failed to score runs in IPL switched gears for his national cricket teams. He scored a quick-fire 45 off 19 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Team India still has a mountain to climb to chase down the target. They already lost Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. Shikhar Dhawan is showing some resistance on the pitch as he is batting on 34*.