How the first Aust-India ODI played out

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both struck superb centuries to complement their bowlers' inspired display as the touring side handed out a 10-wicket thrashing to India in the opening one-day worldwide in Mumbai.

India's bowlers failed to get any purchase, and the dewy conditions in Mumbai didn't help their cause as Australia galloped to 200 in the 31st over.

In putting on an unbroken 258 for the first wicket, Warner and Finch compiled the highest partnership by any pair in an ODI against India.

Pant and Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 25, made 49 runs with an attacking partnership.

India made some unmissable changes in their batting combination with Virat Kohli pushing himself down to number four to accommodate specialist openers Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 91) and K L Rahul (47 off 61) in the playing eleven. Overall, he hit 17 fours and three sixes.

A massive defeat for the hosts saw them losing an ODI by 10 wickets after 15 years.

This was after Australia won the toss and opted to field. It formed part of a collapse of 4-30 that killed India's momentum.

Dhawan was dismissed two overs later off Pat Cummins (2-44).

"You lose games here and there, but this was one of the days where it didn't come off".

Cummins and Kane Richardson (2-43) shared four wickets as the India middle order was exposed. Rahul kept wickets instead.

"No one wants to be in that position", Kohli had said. It's a very strong Australian team, and if you don't play well enough, they will hurt you. I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I'm allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times.

The second ODI is on Friday in Rajkot.

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