The last time India had played a One-Day International against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, they had registered a monumental win. Manish Pandey had scored a blistering unbeaten century, helping India chase down an improbable 331. And the Men in Blue have made a similar start to the ongoing first ODI courtesy a stunning delivery from their pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The right-arm pacer castled Australia skipper Aaron Finch cheaply to give India a flying start in Sydney. Finch’s decision to bat first seemed to have backfired at least for the time being. Bhuvneshwar bowled one at a good length around off. The ball quickly nipped back in and Finch paid the price for not moving his feet. The opening batsman could not cover the movement of the ball as a result it missed his willow. The ball went on to breach Finch’s defence before shattering the stumps.
Here is a clip of that wicket:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks up his 100th ODI wicket in style.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the 19th Indian bowler to pick up 100 ODI wickets when he sent back Finch. The Uttar Pradesh star achieved the milestone in his 96th game, thus becoming the fifth slowest Indian to reach 100 wickets in the 50-over format.
Meanwhile, India will be looking to make the most of their form and the recent win in the Test series. Both the teams had contrasting 2018. Australia had a last year to forget. They suffered a loss in ODI series at home against England before being rocked by the ball-tampering scandal. As the year progressed, things got from bad to worse for Australia. By the time 2018 ended, Australia managed to win just two ODIs in 12 months. Unlike Australia, India enjoyed a brilliant 2018 as they won the ODI series in South Africa, bagged the Asia Cup before beating Windies at home.