Australia’s Aaron Finch correctly called out Tails and decided to bat first for the second straight time.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli and his troops will have to field and bowl first for India.
For now, we’re all set for on-field action at Adelaide Oval.
1st Innings, Part 1
Australia fired off slow and steady from their openers Aaron Finch and Alex Carey.
Unfortunately, Finch’s dismal form both red & now white ball cricket continues when Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed him on six.
He bowled a decent length swinging in straight towards the off-stump through the gate, and Finch only swung and missed.
Finch whacked the drive too early by not moving the footwork and moving his head sideways which he cannot do that.
If he maintained the shape by keeping his technique simple, then Finch would’ve stayed.
Not long later, Mohammed Shami dismissed Alex Carey on 14 as Australia 2-26.
Carey took the eyes off the ball & lost his shape by letting his bat hook scoop to Shikhar Dhawan at mid-wicket.
After the dismissal of both Carey & Finch, Usman Khawaja & Shaun Marsh stuck to their basics approach & reached the 50 run stand.
In the 18th over, Ravi Jadeja made a brilliant direct hit to run out Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja wanted the sweep to achieve that quick single before Jadeja’s impressive fieldwork ended his time in the middle.
So it’s not worth to risk to make a single when a fielder around the point & mid-wicket region is there.
1st Innings, Part 2
Peter Handscomb too scored some runs and tried to go back to back half-tons before Ravi Jadeja dismissed him on 20.
Unfortunately, Handscomb couldn’t get the sweep right without the head staying still.
He doesn’t doesn’t know where to hit without using the crease and senses as MS Dhoni stumped him.
Marcus Stoinis took over Handscomb’s spot and fired off with runs as well in the middle.
Though, Mohammed Shami’s straight short full ball made Stoinis pull too early that carried straight to Dhoni’s gloves.
Stoinis seemed to lost his shape having seen his front foot lift, not planted plus the head went down low which made him hesitate.
It doesn’t mean the last two dismissals prevented Shaun Marsh in converting from a 50 to a 100.
S.Marsh doesn’t have to whack too many sixes to achieved the desired innings he’s after.
All he had to do is stay simple with the technique, keep the head still & rotate the shots as long as it has the open bat face which proved the effective and safe way to reach his hundred.
1st Innings, Part 3
With seven overs to go, Mohammed Siraj through that ended Glenn Maxwell’s quickfire spell of 26 via the LBW.
It’s an in-swinging yorker with a good length as Maxwell couldn’t flick & miss through mid-wicket.
Although, the ball tagged his leg pad, just only missing the leg stump as Maxwell survives thanks to his DRS appeal.
Maxwell nearly scored his 50 before Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed him on 48 thanks to Dinesh Karthik’s catch.
It’s a full and decent length ball pitching towards Dhoni’s gloves before Maxwell only reached out for the drive without moving his feet.
And it didn’t find the rope at long on where D.Karthik’s hands have sealed Maxwell’s unfortunate fate.
Not long later, B.Kumar too ended S.Marsh’s illustrious spell of 131 with less than two and a half overs left.
S.Marsh just reached out for the cover drive towards the off stump with his head going sideways.
It’s a straight a full ball where S.Marsh whacked straight to Ravi Jadeja at long off.
Mohammed Shami first got rid of Jhye Richardson for one from the catch of Shikhar Dhawan.
B. Kumar so did dismiss Peter Siddle for a first ball duck via Virat Kohli’s screamer before Nathan Lyon ended the 1st Innings spell with a big hitting six into the stands having scored a quickfire period of 12 runs.
Final 1st Innings Score: Australia 9-298
India will need 299 runs to win in 50 overs with a required run rate of 5.98 per over.
That’s the required target the visitors will need to retain the series alive 1-1.
Otherwise, Australia only needs ten wickets to leave Adelaide 2-0 and win the three-match Gillette ODI Series v India.
For now, the dinner break has taken for 40 minutes before play will resume by then with India batting & Australia bowling/fielding.