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Australian Captain Pat Cummins Devastated as India Secures Five-Wicket Win

In a closely contested opening One-Day International (ODI) match between Australia and India, Australian captain Pat Cummins expressed his disappointment after his team fell short by five wickets. Despite the disappointment of the loss, Cummins expressed his happiness at returning to the squad.

The match, held at Mohali on Friday, witnessed a scintillating display of cricketing talent as India clinched a thrilling five-wicket victory over Australia. A century partnership between openers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad set the stage for the win, followed by a crucial half-century by Suryakumar Yadav and an exceptional five-wicket haul by Mohammed Shami.

Speaking about the match, Cummins said, “Personally I’m happy I’m back. First game for a little while. Good to get our first game here in India. Disappointing we didn’t get over the line. I thought a few guys batted well and a few guys bowled well.”

The match saw Australia put in to bat first by India. Key contributions from Australian batsmen, including David Warner (52), Josh Inglis (45), Steven Smith (41), and Marnus Labuschagne (39), helped Australia reach a competitive total of 276 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

Mohammed Shami was the standout performer with the ball, claiming an impressive five-wicket haul. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah also made valuable contributions, each taking a wicket.

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In pursuit of a target of 277, India’s opening partnership of Ruturaj Gaikwad (71) and Shubman Gill (74) played crucial innings, effectively sealing the outcome of the match. Skipper KL Rahul (58*) and Suryakumar Yadav (50) continued the momentum with their respective fifties, guiding India to a comfortable five-wicket victory with eight balls to spare. Adam Zampa stood out as the most successful bowler for the Australian side, finishing with figures of 2/57.

With this victory, India takes a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, setting the stage for an exciting contest in the upcoming matches.

For his remarkable five-wicket haul, Mohammed Shami was rightfully awarded the ‘Player of the Match,’ highlighting his pivotal role in India’s triumphant start to the series.

Full Scorecard: IND vs AUS Match Score

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