India v Australia: first one-day international – live

Key events

8th over: Australia 31-1 (Warner 6, Smith 17) Shami has headed straight off the field for a little rest after bowling for overs straight and Bumrah resumes from the other end. He starts with three dots and then Smith unleashes and chips one over short midwicket for four.

7th over: Australia 27-1 (Warner 6, Smith 13) Shami continues, so there doesn’t seem to be too much interest in early rotations in this humidity. A couple of dots to start the over and then Smith sneaks a single from an inside edge. A good over from Shami, just the one from it.

6th over: Australia 26-1 (Warner 6, Smith 12) First run off Bumrah to start the over, with Smith into his rhythm now. Warner is taking a little longer to settle in. He throws his bat at an inswinger, but again he’s lucky to miss it and he follows it up by sending one high over slip to the boundary for four. The early nervy play after Marsh’s wicket is starting to slip away now.

5th over: Australia 19-1 (Warner 1, Smith 10) Shami to Warner again and he rotates the strike. Smith must have been waiting to face Shami, because he takes one ball to get his eye in and then sends one to the boundary for four with beautiful timing, then flicks for two and he’s building some momentum now.

4th over: Australia 9-1 (Warner 1, Smith 1) Bumrah resumes and Smith keeps up his defensive position to start the over. Australia are waiting for opportunities, but none are forthcoming just yet. Bumrah bowls his second consecutive maiden.

3rd over: Australia 9-1 (Warner 1, Smith 1) Shami continues his spell and Warner faces up. The first ball goes very close to the edge of Warner’s bat, but just misses it – it also goes past the keeper and to the boundary for four byes. There’s a bit of late movement, which surprised both Warner and Rahul. It’s another fairly defensive over, just the byes from it.

2nd over: Australia 5-1 (Warner 1, Smith 1) Bumrah brings his express pace to this match and starts to Smith, getting his outswinger going from ball one. There’s a little bit of an appeal from Rahul for a caught behind on the second ball of the over, but no one else is particularly interested. Smith is content to settle things down and get his eye in, he’s not trying to push the run rate up just yet. Bumrah is getting his line and length just right and Smith is playing defensively.

1st over: Australia 5-1 (Warner 1, Smith 1) Marsh and Warner opening today, Marsh looking for a strong start after a good series for him in South Africa. Shami takes the new ball for India. Marsh starts safely, playing a straight bat to the first ball. He drives the second ball through deep backward point for four and the first boundary of the match. But the next ball sees Marsh out and Smith comes to the crease.

WICKET! Australia 4-1 (Marsh c Gill b Shami 4)

An outswinger catches the edge of Marsh’s bat and he’s out early.

Both teams have selected quite flexible XIs, with a lot of bowling options. It will be interesting to see how many bowlers are used – especially as it is reportedly extremely hot and humid at the ground. Perhaps we will see rotations more like we’re used to in women’s cricket, where there are all-rounders aplenty. Lots of things to look out for, but the national anthems are happening, so it’s nearly time to get started.

These two teams have been pretty evenly matched over the past few years – they have played 23 games since 2017 and Australia leads that tally 13-10, so there’s not much in it.

It seems like Sean Abbott’s race against the clock was a successful one, with Abbott beating the clock by a considerable margin to be fit for today’s game after picking up some split webbing in the previous series. Matthew Short makes his ODI debut today after making his T20I debut in South Africa last month.

India XI

Shubnam Gill

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Sheryas Iyer

KL Rahul (c / wk)

Ishan Kishan

Suryakumar Yadav

Ravindra Jadeja

R Ashwin

Shardul Thakur

Jasprit Bumrah

Mohd Shami

12th: Tilak Varma

Australia XI

David Warner

Mitch Marsh

Steve Smith

Marnus Labuschagne

Cameron Green

Josh Inglis (wk)

Marcus Stoinis

Matthew Short

Pat Cummins (c)

Sean Abbott

Adam Zampa

12th: Aaron Hardie

India win the toss and bowl

Captain Rahul has won the toss and decided to bowl first at the IS Bindra Cricket Stadium.

We’ll get the team lists soon when the toss happens, but for now, let’s talk about form. India obviously comes into this game in scintillating form from the Asian Cup. They only lost one game in that tournament, which was one in which they rested some stars as the result didn’t matter for their campaign. They have played 18 ODIs so far this year, which I think we can all agree is a lot of ODIs – cricket’s weirdest format.

Australia on the other hand, has just come off that series in South Africa. In it, as my dad would say, they started like a house on fire and then burnt down. They have dropped to third in the ODI rankings, having been overtaken by none other than India. They lost the last three games on the trot and will be hoping to bounce back hard and find some form in this series. The squad welcomes back Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, which they will hope can provide the spark they need, especially after the loss of Travis Head, Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis to injury – all three are racing the clock to return for the World Cup.

Preamble

Megan Maurice

Megan Maurice

Hello and welcome to this delightful little ODI series, getting us all ready for the World Cup. With the weather in this part of the world really heating up lately it seems like the perfect time for cricket – I hope you’ve got some cricket appropriate weather where you are too.

Australia are preparing for their opening World Cup match against India by playing against India, which seems like ideal preparation in all honesty. In fact, in the next 16 days they will play India four times, so they will hopefully have the hang of it by the time they get to the end of that.

India are resting a few of their star players for the first two games of this series, so it won’t be a full strength side we see just yet, while Australia has some injury concerns coming off the series against South Africa. We’ll dig into both teams in just a minute.

Hopefully we’ve got ourselves a thrilling series coming up, so strap yourselves in and get ready for game one!

source: theguardian.com