In the T20I series, it was Australia that gave India jitters till the final overs before snatching wins in both the games. Come the 1st ODI, India did the same as the 1st ODI of the series finished in the 49th over with India emerging as the winner of the contest.
The target of 237 in a 50-over game might not be a big one but a tough pitch in Hyderabad tested the batting abilities of both the teams and a total of 476 runs were scored in 98.2 overs that were bowled on the day.
Indi had their task cut out and they chased down the total, also registering first win in the series.
After the defeat, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said that they were 30-40 runs short on this pitch.
“We were about 20 or 30 short. Especially after we lost one wicket, we had to take it deeper. But our bowlers did well, continued taking wickets, and they were really good. If you have a guy go on and get 80, and that’s what you are trying to do. Just a bit more attention to detail. We tried our best with the ball. I think our quicks are most effective when they are banging the wicket. There were a few plays-and-misses, but that happens against a high-quality side,” he said.
Australia opted to bat first and lost their first wicket early with Aaron Finch failing to open his account in his 100th ODI.
Marcus Stoinis came out to bat at number 3 and shared 87 runs with Usman Khawaja to take out Australia out of a difficult situation.
Glenn Maxwell was again among runs with a score of 40 off 51, that really showed how the batsmen struggled on the pitch.
Alex Carey (36 off 37) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (28 off 27) did their job and their efforts in the final overs saw Australia cross the 200-run mark, posting a defendable total.
In the end, though, it could not prove to be the match-winning one as India chased down the target to go 1-0 up in the series.