Despite a few minor glitches, Team India defeated Australia easily in the opening ODI of the three-match series in Mumbai. After bowling the visitors out for just 188, the team used KL Rahul’s unbroken 75 to chase down the goal with more than 10.1 overs and five wickets still to spare. In the second over of the contest, India bowler Mohammad Siraj removed Travis Head after Hardik Pandya, who was serving as the game’s interim captain in lieu of Rohit Sharma, called for Australia to bat after winning the toss and inviting them to play. But with some lusty hitting, the other Australian starter, Mitchell Marsh, and acting skipper Steve Smith swiftly turned the momentum in the visitors’ favour.
In the 18th over of the game, Stoinis decided to aggressively disrupt Pandya’s concentration. However, in his fourth ball, Stoinis overstepped the mark, and a no ball was rightfully called.
Pandya pulled the pitch for a single, unable to fully capitalise on the free hit. Virat Kohli showed a frustrated expression on his face after his shot since the free hit was not used.
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