IND vs AUS: Watch – Virat Kohli Expresses Displeasure With Hardik Pandya After All-rounder Failed To Utilize Free Hit

India got off to a good start in the three-match ODI series by defeating Australia in the first match. The Hardik Pandya-led team beat the Aussies by five wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, March 17. Former captain Virat Kohli expressed his anger at Hardik Pandya during India’s batting in Mumbai.

Earlier, the home team won the toss and elected to bowl first. Regular captain Rohit Sharma missed the series opener due to family commitments, while Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the series due to a back injury. The veteran opener David Warner wasn’t included in the playing XI as he has not fully recovered from his elbow injury.

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India got off to a good start in the powerplay when Mohammed Siraj dismissed inform batter Travis Head for just 5 runs in the second over. Mitchell Marsh, who opened the innings in Warner’s absence, played attacking cricket from the start and scored 81 runs off 65 balls before being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. The middle-order batters didn’t perform, and the visitors were bowled out for 188 runs.

Watch: Virat Kohli Wasn’t Pleased With Hardik Pandya’s Batting

The incident took place in the 18th over of India’s innings when Hardik Pandya failed to hit the boundary on a free-hit ball. Stoinis overstepped the previous ball, but Pandya couldn’t make the most of the free hit as he scored just one run. Virat Kohli was not happy with Hardik’s shot, and it was evident in his gestures.

Australian bowlers bowled well with the new ball and extracted some movement off the pitch. Mitchell Starc was unplayable in his first spell, dismissing Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shubman Gill for low scores. India collapsed to 39 runs for the loss of four wickets inside the 11 overs. KL Rahul made crucial partnerships with Hardik and Jadeja to guide the team in chasing down the target.

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Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh Pant | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah

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