The first ODI of the three-match series between India and Australia was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The series was much anticipated given that Australia was coming here with some momentum behind them and India had done extremely well at home in recent times.
Australia won the toss and chose to chase, a decision that was proven right by their bowlers. Apart from Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47) and their 121-run partnership and cameos from Pant (28), Jadeja (25) and some tail-wagging; none of the other batsmen could do much against a rampaging Cummins, Starc, and co. India managed just 255 runs in 49.1 overs.
Starc (3/56), Cummins (2/44) and Richardson (2/43) did the major damage, while Zampa removed Virat Kohli, as India struggled to get any rhythm throughout their sojourn.
Much was expected from a formidable Indian bowling attack, but David Warner and Aaron Finch recognized that they needed to take advantage of the powerplay, something that India didn’t do and slammed 84 runs in first 10 overs. Warner was reprieved a couple of times using DRS but completed a brilliant century, his 18th in ODIs and 43rd as an opener in international cricket, off just 88 balls.
Captain Finch, on the other hand, also reached the landmark, off 108 balls. Warner and Finch also beat their own record of 231-run partnership set in 2017 in Bengaluru, in what can be termed as a dominating performance against the no.2 ranked ODI team in the world.
Australia reached the target easily in the 38th over and won the match by 10 wickets.
The cricket fraternity was impressed with the total domination of Australian openers and the amazing performance of the bowlers. They showered the Kangaroos with praise and we have some of the best tweets for you.