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India Australia 1st ODI

Australia stunned India in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, thrashing the hosts by 10 wickets, and reaching their victory target of 255 with more than 12 overs to spare.

It was a huge shock for both the Indian team and their supporters, who turned up at the ground expecting their side to win easily yet again. 

Australia won the toss in Mumbai and opted to bowl first, gaining early success when Mitchell Starc had Rohit Sharma caught by David Warner at first slip. However, Shikhar Dhawan, who had been under pressure for his place after injury and a loss of form, answered his critics, sharing a stand of 121 with KL Rahul, before both fell in successive overs. First to go was Rahul, who fell to the spin of Ashton Agar for 47, caught by Steve Smith. Then in the next over, Agar supplied the catch that got rid of Dhawan off a ball from Pat Cummins. The opener had scored 74, and hit one six and 9 fours.

And then Australia got the wicket that they really wanted, when they had Indian skipper Virat Kohli caught and bowled for 16.  And then Australia struck again in the next over, Starc having Shreyas Iyer caught behind. 

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja led a recovery with a stand of 47 for the sixth wicket, but then  Jadeja, who had made 25, was caught behind off Kane Richardson. In the next over, Pant’s innings came to an end when he was caught by Ashton Turner off Cummins, before Shardul Thakur, who had made 13, was bowled by Starc. Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami put on 26 for the ninth wicket, but both were out of successive balls, Yadav was run out by Smith for 17, and Shami was caught behind off Richardson.

India had been bowled all out for 255, with 5 balls of their innings to be bowled.

Starc was the best of the Australian bowlers with 3 for 56, whilst Cummins and Richardson claimed two wickets apiece. 

In reply, David Warner and his captain Aaron Finch showed the Indian batsmen how it was done with an unbeaten stand of 258. They completely dominated the bowlers, and gave almost no chances, as they matched each other almost ball for ball.

Warner was the more aggressive of the two scorings 128 not out, off 112 balls, including 3 sixes and 17 fours. It was his 19th ODI century. Finch, meanwhile, was not far behind him, finishing on 110 not out, with his runs coming off 114 balls. It was his 16th ODI century.

None of the Indian bowlers will want to revisit their figures from this match in a hurry. Even Jasprit Bumrah, the world number one ranked ODI bowler went for 50 runs from his seven overs.

The next match in the series is a Rajkot on Friday, and that will be followed by the third game which will be played in Bangalore on Sunday.

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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