In the 1st ODI match against Australia held in Mohali, veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami made a remarkable comeback, sending a strong message to cricket enthusiasts. This resurgence comes after he had taken a backseat to Mohammed Siraj as Jasprit Bumrah’s partner in India’s ODI squad.

Despite a pitch that appeared to favor batsmen at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Shami displayed his mettle by claiming two significant wickets during his initial spells. His first victim was opener Mitchell Marsh, whose outside edge was skillfully exploited by Shami’s precision with the new ball and his well-pitched delivery.

Shami’s second spell in the middle overs was equally impressive. During this phase, he dismissed the formidable Steve Smith, who seemed to be on course for a substantial score with his graceful stroke play. Smith had already accumulated 41 runs, showcasing his signature finesse with 3 fours and 2 sixes. However, Shami had other plans.

In a moment that exemplified his bowling mastery, Shami delivered a deceptively paced ball, clocking at 130 KPH. He placed it perfectly on a good length just outside the off-stump. Smith, tempted by the delivery, attempted a forceful drive. However, Shami’s precision came into play as the ball sharply moved back into the right-hander. The ball brushed the inside edge of Smith’s bat, uprooting the leg-stump and leaving Smith visibly surprised.

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This exceptional dismissal underscored Shami’s ability to manipulate the ball’s movement and capitalize on his impeccable seam positioning, a hallmark of his bowling.

In Mohali, KL Rahul, serving as the stand-in captain for India, won the toss and opted to field first. Here are the playing XIs for both teams:

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis(w), Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Short, Pat Cummins(c), Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa

India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w/c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami