India vs Australia 1st ODI | Warner, Finch hit hundreds as Australia crush India by ten-wickets
Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: Australia on Tuesday defeated India by ten-wickets thanks to openers David Warner and Aaron Finch. The duo scored hundreds and helped Australia win the match by ten-wickets. David Warner scored 128 runs while Australian skipper Aaron Finch scored 110.
Chasing 256 for win, Finch and Warner took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners to register the emphatic win with 74 balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Indian bowling looked dismal as the Australian openers smashed them all around the park. Jasprit Bumrah, who made an ODI comeback in the match, looked rusty while his pace partner Mohammed Shami too wasn't able to make an impact in the match. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav looked good but were not able to provide India the much-needed wickets.
Earlier in the day, Australian skipper Aaron Finch one the toss and asked India to bat first. After getting to bat first on a good batting pitch, India were bowled out for 255, thanks to Australian pace Mitchell Starc who took three wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan hit a half-century. He looked in great touch during his 91-ball 74 and, in the company of K L Rahul (47), shared a second-wicket stand of 121 runs off 136 balls to set the base for India's total. However, India failed to capitalise.
After adopting a cautious approach initially, Dhawan upped his ante and started to play his shots, while at the same time gave due respect to the good deliveries.
Dhawan showed his class and played all kinds of shots to register his fifty in 66 balls with a single off leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/53) in the 20th over.
Soon after reaching his fifty, Dhawan got a reprieve when he was dropped by Warner at midwicket off Ashton Agar (1/56).
The two went about their business in style, picking up runs off bad balls before both departed in consecutive overs.
Just three short of his fifty, Rahul gave a straight forward catch to Steve Smith at covers off Agar and then, in the next over, Dhawan was caught by Agar off Pat Cummins (2/44).
While Rahul hit four boundaries during his 61-ball knock, Dhawan's innings was laced with nine fours and one six.
Dropping himself to No. 4 to accommodate both Dhawan and Rahul in the side, Virat Kohli (16) was in attacking mode from the onset, but didn't last long as Zampa took a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss the Indian skipper.
Shreyas Iyer followed suit when Starc induced an edge an over later and Alex Carey did the rest behind the stumps.
Rishabh Pant (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) shared 49 runs for the sixth wicket before the duo perished in consecutive overs as India lost the plot.
Towards the end Kuldeep Yadav (17) and Mohammed Shami (10) struck some useful boundaries.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma