Kite delay momentarily halts ODI

There was a peculiar moment during the one-day international between India and Australia with a kite causing a brief delay before the end of the home team's innings.

India is currently celebrating the Festival of Kites, and in Mumbai with the score 9/255 at the end of the 49th over following Kuldeep Yadav's dismissal for 17 runs, play was momentarily stopped when a purple and orange kite fell onto the field.

The kite was picked up by Australia's David Warner who was then shown on the broadcast speaking to the umpire and pointing at the sky.

Kite delay momentarily halts ODI, Wustoo

"I think what's happened here is the kite might have gotten stuck in the cable somewhere. So they're having to pull it down," commentators remarked on Fox Sports.

"What do they know about children who had to dart across roads and jump across roofs to catch one kite and here's one that's harmlessly floated down!"

Bowler Kane Richardson also appeared bemused by the kite delay.

When Richardson was able to continue playing again he took India's final wicket with Shami skying a shot right up into the air and into the safe hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

The hosts were all out for 255.

Kite delay momentarily halts ODI, Wustoo

Adam Zampa kept up his golden record over batting megastar Virat Kohli to help Australia in their one-day series opener.

Zampa claimed Kohli's wicket for the sixth time in international cricket with a return catch from the Indian captain on 16 as part of a mini collapse.

The hosts looked poised to post a big target at 1-134 after they were sent in by Aaron Finch, but lost 4-30 in five overs to lose all momentum at a packed Wankhede Stadium.

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Kite delay momentarily halts ODI, Wustoo

Mitchell Starc took 3-56 in the team's first ODI since his dominant World Cup, after getting rid of the dangerous opener Rohit Sharma in the fifth over for 10.

He then came back to run through the middle and lower order, to put Australia on top in the first game of three-match series.

Pat Cummins also transferred his Test form across to the white-ball game with an economical 2-44 from 10 overs, claiming the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan on 74 in the process.

Dhawan had lived a charmed life as he threatened his second straight century against Australia, as the visitors missed three tough chances to have him caught on one, 31 and 55.

Kite delay momentarily halts ODI, Wustoo

The opener eventually fell when his leading edge carried to cover, only overs after Ashton Agar (1-56) also had KL Rahul (47) caught to start the rot.

Cummins later had Rishabh Pant in bizarre circumstances, caught when he top edged a ball onto his helmet on 28, before umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin took an age to give him out.

But it was the scalp of Kohli – who averages slightly under 60 in one-day cricket – that was most vital for Australia and Zampa.

A ball after being whacked over square leg for six by the right-hander, Zampa did well to hang on to drive that was hit hard back at him.

The Australian legspinner has now made Kohli his scalp four times in ODIs – the most times he has taken any batsman's wicket – as well as twice in Twenty20s.

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Kane Richardson also took 2-43 after being picked ahead of Josh Hazlewood, while debutant Marnus Labuschagne was earlier handed his maiden one-day cap by Steve Waugh.

– with AAP


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