India lost their first ODI of the year by ten wickets as Australia thoroughly outplayed the hosts in the series-opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Contrary to the popular expectations, the game failed to live up to the expectations thanks to India’s horrific displays with both bat and ball. While a heated battle was expected, Australia made the game a lopsided contest.
Right from the toss till the end of the game, not much went India’s way in Mumbai on Tuesday. Asked to bat first, India were off to a poor start as their batting mainstay Rohit Sharma departed for just 10. Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47) then steadied the ship and laid the foundation for a good total by adding 121 runs for the second wicket.
That's that from the Wankhede.
Absolute domination by the Australian openers as Australia win the 1st ODI by 10 wickets and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020
However, once they departed in a space of six runs, the middle-order batsmen including Virat Kohli failed to guide the team to a good total. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja got the starts but they failed to capitalise on it as India were bowled out for a modest 255.
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 after the game, Virat Kohli admitted that India were totally outplayed by the visitors.
“We were totally outplayed in all departments. It’s a strong Australian team, if you don’t play well, they could hurt you. We saw that with the bat in hand. We didn’t get enough runs. I thought we were too respectful at certain phases and it cost us. Can’t do that against a team like Australia. This is a chance for the team to bounce back but as I said, credit to Australia today. International cricket is always priceless.
“The experience you get in any format does well for you when you play other formats. The game time you get is important. If you perform in any format, it gives you confidence for the other formats. Today was one of those days when we weren’t allowed to get into the game at all,” said Virat Kohli while also thanking the fans for their support.