Australia’s tour of India got underway at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Prior to the first ODI at the iconic venue, there was a lot of anticipation as both the teams have dominated world cricket in recent times. Last year in March, the Aussies got the better of the Men in Blue, winning the ODI series 3-2. The visiting team came back after going 0-2 down in the three-match series.
In the meantime, ahead of the contest in Mumbai, the authorities seemed to be a tad worried regarding the security. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) has been creating a lot of ruckus across the whole nation and Mumbai hasn’t been any different. The headlines have been flooded with news surrounding protests against the act by the Narendra Modi-led government.
There’s a notion that protests may take place even during the contest. In order for sanity, they have banned ‘black’ colour. Before the match, a notice was put up where it was announced that the ones coming to watch the match at the venue shouldn’t wear black coloured t-shirts. Entries will be restricted for those, wearing black.
The Twitter handle of North Stand Gang- Wankhede wrote, “*IMPORTANT NOTICE* Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don’t wear black colour tshirts Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same @BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc
Here is Wankhede Stadium’s tweet
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) January 14, 2020
India and Aussies stamping their authority
Coming back to cricket, both India and Australia have surged ahead. The sides have outdrawn anyone and everyone, who stumbled on to their path. On head-to-head, the Men in Blue and Australia were involved in some jaw-dropping contests. India started 2019, winning the three-match ODI series 2-1. It was after they lost the first ODI and went 0-1 down in the series.
Then the Aussies rolled over Virat Kohli’s men on their overseas tour. The two teams also faced in the 2019 World Cup at the Kennington Oval in London. In the mega event, India got the better of Australia in the league stage. Both teams were shown the door of exit after losses at hands of New Zealand and England. In the rankings, India are placed second with the Aussies at fourth.
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