After a long gap Indian Team came back to the international side due to the outbreak of COVID. But the comeback wasn’t that much expected. The comeback opening match of Indian Team was with Australia in which India lost and started with a bad note. They lost the match by 66 runs in the opening match. The defeat was not the much affected to the Indian side, they are even fined by International Cricket Council (ICC) for the slow over-rate. They was fined by 20% during the match played at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The statement was released by ICC on Saturday where Match Referee David Boon charged a fine against Indian Team for the low over rate. On field umpires Sam Nogajski, Rod Tucker, TV Umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood fined the charge to the Men in Blue.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20% of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” stated by ICC.
“Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” quoted in the statement.
On a defeat note, India had started against Australia.
In the first ODI match, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch gave a thundering start to the team with a partnership of 156 runs. After the fall of wicket of Warner, Steven Smith and Aaron Finch took the responsibility and stunned with good partnership. The skipper scored 114 runs and Smith accelerated the inning with 62ball ton. A cameo was blistered by Glenn Maxwell. Both Warner and Maxwell had gave good contribution by scoring 69 and 45 runs respectively. Due to this promotion performance, Australia registered mammoth total of 374 runs with the loss of 6 wickets.
Indian bowling unit hadn’t gave the best as wickets weren’t took on the crucial time. Mohammad Shami was the only bowler who took 3 wickets by giving 59 runs whereas other bowlers failed to provide accurate breakthrough or any stunning bowling performance.
In reference to the 1st inning, Team India could only manage to score 308 runs by losing 8 wickets. Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan were the only warriors for team. They scored 90 and 74 runs respectively while the other batsman fails to deliver the best for the team and lose early wickets.