Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia record easy 10-wicket win over India in first ODI

Australia record easy 10-wicket win over India in first ODI

India managed to recover from that early loss through a second-wicket stand of 121 between opener Shikhar Dhawan, who top-scored for the host with 74, and KL Rahul.

Australia won the Mumbai ODI by ten wickets (Image Credit: Twitter)"It's a new day, so get ourselves back and get the positivity going".

"When KL got out, at that time we planned to accelerate and those four wickets we lost, that's where we lost the momentum".

The Australian openers both smashed undefeated centuries as they put together an unbroken stand of 258, overtaking the previous highest opening partnership of 231 - which they had set themselves at Bengaluru in 2017. They achieved the target with 12.2 overs to spare. As a team we back each other, and we don't focus too much on a loss.

"It was a great effort from our bowlers in the afternoon".

It marked just the fifth time Australia's two openers have scored centuries in the same innings of a one-day worldwide. While there was no swing on offer, Australia's attack "bowled really well", according to Dhawan, who attributed their accuracy and discipline to the way Cummins started.

Australia's progress might have been less relentless had Shardul Thakur's appeal for a leg-side catch when Warner had made five been upheld - but the batsman's review proved successful.

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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.

Warner took full advantage, cutting Jasprit Bumrah past point to bring up his 18th ODI century from 88 balls - as well as the 200 partnership - in the 31st over. He also hit three sixes.

Finch completed his 16th century in the format, his innings of unbeaten 110 studded with 13 fours and two sixes.

Indian megastar Virat Kohli. The Indian cricket board said Pant, who did not come out to keep wicket and was replaced behind the stumps by Rahul, was under observation. He fell in the 28th over off Ashton Agar (1-56) and that's when India's collapse began. Pat Cummins bowled really strict lines to me, having that extra bounce and pace. Kohli came in at number four instead of his regular spot of batting at number three and was dismissed at just 16 runs off Adam Zampa's delivery. They finished, though, with a sub-par total.

An update on Pant is expected after the match. Rahul kept wickets instead. We've tried to fit him into the team.

"It is a very strong Australian side. Today was one of those days when we weren't allowed to get into the game at all", Kohli said.

Australia lead the three-match series 1-0, with the second game in Rajkot on Friday.

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