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Australia beat India in the 1st ODI

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Australia won the first ODI against India, beating the tourists by 66 runs.

Australia won the toss in Sydney and opted to bat first. 

And they were given an excellent start by their one-day captain Aaron Finch and David Warner who put on 156 for the first wicket at almost a run a ball. The stand was eventually broken in the 28th over, when Mohammed Shami had Warner, who had struck 4 fours, caught behind by KL Rahul for 69.

However, Finch and Steve Smith continued their assault on the Indian bowlers, putting on 108 for the second wicket until Finch, who had made 114, eventually fell to Jasprit Bumrah, caught behind. His innings included 2 sixes and 8 

In the next over, Yuzvendra Chahal had Marcus Stoinis caught behind for a duck, but Smith and Glenn Maxwell then added 57 for the 4th wicket in just 4 overs, with Maxwell blasting 45 off 19 balls, including 3 sixes. He was eventually caught by Ravindra Jadeja off Shami, and Marnus Labuschagne fell cheaply to a ball from Navdeep Saini, Shikhar Dhawan supplying the catch. 

But Alex Carey shared in a stand of 41 with Smith, who also reached his century, making 105, until he was bowled by Shami. He finished with 4 sixes and 1 fours to his name. Carey was unbeaten on 17 at the end as Australia posted an imposing 374/6 from their 50 overs.

Shami took 3/59, but none of the Indian bowlers will be in a hurry to review their stats from this match, with Chahal conceding 89 for just the one wicket.

India needed a good start in their reply and looked for Mayank Agarwal and Dhawan to give them a solid platform. The pair put on 53, but Agarwal was the first to go, caught by Maxwell off Josh Hazlewood for 22. The tourists were looking for a big performance from their captain Virat Kohli, but having made 21, he was caught by Finch, Hazlewood again the bowler. And two balls later, the quick bowler struck again, having Shreyas Iyer caught behind.

Dhawan and Rahul put on 21, but Rahul was the next wicket to fall, caught by Smith off the spin of Adam Zampa for 12.  However, the Indian innings was restored by Dhawan and Hardik Pandya, who shared a stand of 128 for the fifth wicket. Dhawan was content to play the anchor role, leaving Pandya the freedom to play his shots.

The partnership was eventually ended when Dhawan who had made 74, including 10 fours, was caught by Mitchell Starc, Zampa again the bowler. Four overs later Zampa brought Pandya’s brave effort to an end. The all-rounder had made 90 off 78 balls, including 4 sixes and 7 fours, but he was finally caught by Starc. 

Saini and Ravindra Jadeja put on 34, although, with the run rate soaring, it was somewhat academic. And Zampa captured his fourth wicket when he dismissed Jadeja for 25, Starc with the catch once again. Saini and Shami put on 27 in a late stand, but, by then the game was up. Shami was bowled by Starc in the last over, and, although Saini was unbeaten on 29, his side could only manage 308/8.  

Zampa took 4/54 and Hazlewood 3/55.


Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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