India stand-in captain KL Rahul made a blunder behind the stumps during the opening ODI against Australia in Mohali on Friday, September 22. The wicketkeeper missed an easy run out of Marnus Labuschagne, who was batting on 11 runs off 14 balls in the 23rd over and was nowhere in the frame.
The incident took place during Ravindra Jadeja’s over, with Labuschagne pushing a flighted delivery towards cover. Suryakumar Yadav got a hand to it before throwing it to the keeper, and there was confusion between Labuschagne and non-strike Cameron Green, who never wanted the single.
Yadav threw a little wide of the stumps, but Rahul failed to grab the ball. Labuchagne was miles down the wicket at that point.
Watch KL Rahul's missed runout chance below:
Rahul failed to collect throws on a few other occasions too. The Indian fielders were also subpar on the day as they fumbled the ball several times.
Rahul eventually earned some measure of redemption as he stumped out Labuschagne for 39 (49) off Ravichandran Ashwin in the 33rd over.
KL Rahul opts to field against Australia in 1st ODI
Indian captain KL Rahul won the toss and opted to field against Australia in the first ODI on Friday. The Men in Blue included Ravichandran Ashwin, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Mohammed Shami in the playing XI, while Mohammed Siraj was rested following his heroics (6/21) in the Asia Cup 2023 final.
The hosts made a perfect start as Mohammed Shami dismissed Mitchell Marsh for just four runs, thanks to an easy catch from Shubman Gill at slips. David Warner (52 off 53) then stitched a 94-run partnership with Steve Smith (41 off 60) for the second wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja broke the partnership as Warner played straight to Gill in the deep. Shami then bowled out Smith to bring back India into the game.
Labuschagne and Cameron Green steadied Australia's innings and took them past the 150-run mark.
At the time of writing, the visitors were 166/4 after 35.4 overs with Green and Josh Inglis at the crease and rain having interrupted play.
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