Australia was seeking to rebuild on a dry Chennai field with turn available early in the first innings, and they went about their task with the reliable duo of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, trying to blunt the Indian spinners. Before the 28th over began, Kuldeep Yadav had completed six overs, Ravindra Jadeja had finished four, and R Ashwin had finished six. Warner had been well-set when he was removed. With Smith approaching the fifty-run mark and Australia 110/2 at that point, the five-time World Cup champions were likely aiming for a total of somewhere between 250 and 260.
The ball from Jadeja to Smith was particularly beautiful, spinning sharply away from the batter to clip the stumps, but in just a few overs, everything changed for Australia. Australia dropped to 140/7 when Labuschagne and Alex Carey were taken out by Jadeja in his subsequent over. Kuldeep and Ashwin also contributed by taking the wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Cam Green, respectively.Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins each made a few contributions toward their final total of 199, but Australia's total was insufficient despite their valiant efforts in the second innings.
In India's opening World Cup encounter against Australia, Jadeja's knowledge with Chepauk made him a crucial bowler, and the left-arm spinner made sure he delivered. The 34-year-old acknowledged that the wicket of Smith was the pivotal moment that propelled India to victory in his remarks at the press conference that followed the game on Sunday (October 8).
"I believe getting a wicket like Steve Smith was the tipping point, you know. From that point on, it was difficult to just enter and rotate the strike for the new batter, according to Jadeja. "Consequently, I believe that wicket was the pivotal moment... Yes, it was helpful to me because I was aware of the circumstances in Chennai. I've been playing here for around 10 or 11 years, so I am familiar with the grounds' circumstances.
On a track that offers something for the spinners, it is simple to get carried away bowling, but Jadeja, who is skilled, recognized what was needed to complete the task. And it doesn't get any easier than bowling it stump to stump without making any adjustments and letting the pitch take care of the rest, like he does in Test cricket game after game.
The ball was halting a little slowly after dropping when I began the first over. Because it was hot and the wicket was dry, I assumed it was afternoon. A stump-line would be preferable, in my opinion. It won't be simple for the batsman to line up because some balls will turn from here while others will go straight. It was my intention to bowl towards the stumps, and fortunately the ball found Smith after turning a little bit more. So, my strategy was straightforward. This is a bowling wicket for a test match, I was thinking. I shouldn't try too many different things because the wicket was the source of all the action. Therefore, I tried to bowl it stump to stump," Jadeja stated of his strategy.
However, when the trio of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Lyer left early in the chase without scoring, India was in serious trouble. However, a 165-run partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul saved them and enabled India to have a successful campaign.
After the rapid wickets, Jadeja was questioned about the atmosphere in the Indian dressing room. He responded, "When you're three wickets down in only a couple of overs, you definitely panic a little bit. But since Virat and Rahul have been supporting the club for so long, we are familiar with them. So, I don't believe anyone was overly agitated or terrified at the moment. But fortunately, they performed remarkably well, understood the game's dynamics, and advanced it to the very end. I thought that was incredible to witness.
250-260 would have been a different ballgame - Hazlewood
Australia put forth a lot of effort to prevent India from having an easy time of the chase, making the most of the circumstances to leave the hosts in need of explanations right away. However, the partnership for the fourth wicket slowly but surely ended their chances of winning. Josh Hazlewood claimed that an additional 50 runs from the Australian batting would have made a significant impact after he had dismissed Rohit and Lyer to give India the jitters.
The sum was obviously below par. Although I can't recall the exact figures, I believe we were two for 110 or something similar. "I think from two for 110 to all out 200, that's probably where the batting went wrong," said Hazlewood. "The up and down nature of the pitch offered assistance early in the second innings, but it got better for the batters later. So yeah, I think from two for 110 to all out 200, that's probably where the batting went wrong."
Obviously, it appeared to spin more in the first half. However, I believe that early in our bowling innings it was doing enough and it was still dry," he said. "The dew crept in, but it was definitely there. "The wicket was a little bit up and down, so I think as a fast in particular you felt in the game. Then, I believe it got a little bit easier to bat on right towards the end. Although I am aware that it requires a cooperation, I believe the ball's slight slip made it seem a little bit simpler.
The following match between Australia and South Africa will take place in Lucknow, where the field has historically played more slowly. However, Hazlewood claimed that Australia would be ready because they had gained experience playing some of the "best spinners" in the campaign.
"I think in particular batting in that first innings, that was probably as extreme as the conditions are going to get, I think, in terms of spin and playing spin throughout the middle and trying to find ways to score, keep that run rate ticking over without losing wickets," Hazlewood said regarding the circumstances in Chennai. Therefore, getting that up first and testing our batsmen against some of the greatest spinners in the competition is perhaps a smart idea. From this point on, hopefully, things get a little simpler, and they'll come up with some fresh strategies before continuing.