Opening the batting for the first time in the format, Mitchell Marsh scored a quick-fire half-century in the opening ODI between India and Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The broad-shouldered batter put India under the pump by scoring 81 off just 65 deliveries. His knock was laced with 10 fours and five maximums.
Marsh eventually fell prey to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who elicited a top edge off an attempted hoick over mid-off. The Australian innings had got off to a poor start with opener Travis Head dragging on to perish cheaply. Marsh took the onus upon himself and put the Indian bowlers to the sword with his counter-attacking strokeplay. He upped the ante even further after completing his half-century off 51 balls, but Jadeja denied the dasher a ton, much to India’s relief.
Laid low by an ankle injury, Marsh underwent surgery after the home ODI series versus England in November last year. He missed the entire BBL 2022-23 as a consequence, although the all-rounder has made a dazzling return to national colors.
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