For the first time since ages, a cricket match has been played without any spectators in the ground. The amount of energy created by fans in the stadium supporting their home team is something that all this generation cricket fans would have been used to.
An international cricket match happening behind the closed bars is something that is hard to digest but such is the scenario due to the scary corona virus. The ODI series between the Aussies and the Kiwis started today at Sydney without any spectators which sported an awful look for the television viewers.
The dynamic pocket dynamite David Warner started the 3 match ODI series with a brilliant half-century but couldn’t able to convert his start to a big one as he departed for a well made 67 from 88 deliveries that included 9 boundaries in it.
The southpaw forgot to raise his bat after completing his half century since there were no fans to cheer his effort. The applause came from the dressing room which in turn made the opener to realize that he has reached his half century.
The Aussies were brilliant with the ball as they defended a par 258 runs on a good batting wicket. Earlier, the Kiwis restricted the Australian batters to 258 runs after the Aussie openers gave a great start.
The Kiwi bowlers pulled things back nicely with wickets in regular intervals that didn’t allow Australia to score the 300 run mark which looked highly likely when their openers were at the crease.
The Kiwis had a tricky target in front of them on a good batting wicket but the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins were too good for the Kiwi batters as they bundled the Kiwis for 187 thereby winning the game by 71 runs to go 1-nil up in the series.