In a standout moment of the day, Shubman Gill displayed his mastery with a majestic pull shot, sending Marcus Stoinis’ delivery sailing over deep square leg for a resounding six.

In the three-game ODI series opening match on Friday, September 22, at Mohali’s Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Indian skipper KL Rahul’s toss win saw Australia batting first. Mohammed Shami’s exceptional performance, claiming 5 wickets for 51 runs, led to Australia being dismissed for 276 in their initial innings.

In India’s response, the opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad made a promising start. The opening duo solidified their stand to 142 runs from 130 deliveries, each achieving a well-deserved half-century. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 71 (77) with ten boundaries.

Gill displayed remarkable form, showing fans a display of stunning shots early on. During the fourth over, he left the spectators in awe with a breathtaking pull shot, launching a short delivery from Marcus Stoinis for a resounding six over deep square leg. Gill’s sheer skill and elegance even left commentator Harsha Bhogle visibly impressed. He employed precise footwork to further demonstrate his prowess, driving Stoinis through the covers for a boundary just two balls later, showcasing his diverse range of strokes.

Shubman Gill has been a standout performer in 2023’s ODIs, amassing 1052 runs in 18 innings (before the 1st ODI) at a remarkable average of 70.03 and a striking strike rate of 104.05. He’s notched up four centuries and four half-centuries. Gill was also the leading run-scorer in the 2023 Asia Cup with 302 runs.

Mohammed Shami achieved his second ODI five-wicket haul, marking his best 50-over performance. Additionally, Jasprit Bumrah (1/43), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/47) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/51) contributed with wickets.

Last Updated on September 22, 2023

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