Aaron Finch-led Australia thrashed India by ten wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to register their fourth consecutive win in ODIs on the Indian soil. Last year, Australia had bounced back from 2-0 down to win the five-match series 3-2 and they have started the ongoing series in the same manner as they routed their fancied hosts in a lopsided contest.
Barring the big stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, almost everything went Australia’s way after their skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to ball first. Mitchell Starc, who was playing his first ODI in India since 2010, made an instant mark by dismissing the dangerous Rohit Sharma for just 10. Dhawan (74) and Rahul (47) steadied the ship and set the platform for a big total by adding 121 runs.
That's the 150 partnership between Warner and Finch and it's come in quick time too.
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But once Dhawan and Rahul departed in a space of six runs, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out for a below par 255. For Australia, Starc picked up three wickets while Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson picked two apiece.
In reply, Australia chased down 256 without break any sweat. Their openers Aaron Finch and David Warner went on to score centuries to make light work of the hosts. The visitors crossed down the finishing line in just the 38th over . Warner remained unbeaten on 128 while Finch remained unbeaten on 110.
Speaking at the end of the game, Aaron Finch was all praise for the way his team performed especially in the middle overs of India’s innings. He also pointed out Warner for special praise before concluding by saying that his team is expecting India to bounce back from the drubbing.
I thought the way we fought back during the middle overs was impressive. Shikhar and KL were batting really well, looking to accelerate. So, I’m proud of the way the boys fought back. We could still brush up in the field a bit but that happens sometimes when the outfield is slightly damp. Overall, a good performance. Always tough to beat India in India,” said Aaron Finch.
“He’s (Warner) been fantastic, especially in this format of the game. He’s been unstoppable for quite sometime now. Quite special. Once he gets in, he has so many options to score. Always great to bat with him. Of course, India are a quality team and we expect them to bounce back, he added.