The Chappell – Hadlee trophy has kicked off today in the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Looking at the larger picture, this 3 match ODI series is a rather “irrelevant” fixture in this calendar year as the cricketing world is looking forward for a T20 world cup in October. But still this series will serve as a much required match practice in conditions that’ll be available at the World T20 as it’ll also be held across Australia.
The first of the 3 ODIs is currently underway in Sydney where the home side Australia opted to bat first. A piece of history was made even before the toss as this match became the first international cricket game to be held without spectators in the stadium. Corona Virus scares has well and truly caught up and it made perfect sense to stop the crowd from attending the game.
After having opted to bat, the Australian openers got off to a steady start. The opening stand lasted 24 overs which kept the best test batsman Steve Smith waiting for his turn to bat. When he came out, he was his usual self – shuffling across the crease to nudge the balls for singles.
When Lockie Ferguson came into the attack in the 27th over, Steve Smith produced a wristy Helicopter Shot for a six. It was a fuller length delivery angling onto the pads of Steve Smith. He slightly moved towards off and whipped the ball using his wrists. The 145kmph delivery was well timed and the shot went well over the boundary for a maximum. Watch the shot in the below clip
The Sydney Cricket Ground served a flat track as there seemed to be nothing in the wicket for the bowlers. The Australians after having opted to bat first have put up a rather below par total of 258 runs on board.
The Kiwis have done well to restrict the home nation and now it’s up to the batters lead by Kane Williamson to chase it down.