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Mumbai ODI: Warner, Finch centuries help Australia crush India

Sports Lounge Staff




Mumbai: Twin centuries from openers David Warner and Aaron Finch helped Australia hammer India by 10 wickets in the 1st ODI in Mumbai.

Chasing 256 runs to win, the Warner-Finch combination batted superbly to take the Aussies home in just 37.4 overs.

Warner was unbeaten on 128 runs (112 balls, 17×4, 3×6) while skipper Finch was not out on 110 (13×4, 2×6).

Earlier, following a decent start, India have lost the plot by losing wickets at regular intervals against a lethal Australian attack.

Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc scalped three batsmen as Australia bundled out India for 255 in 49.1 over after electing to bowl in the opening match of the ODI series, here on Tuesday.

India did not drop any of its three openers — Rohit Sharma (10) Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47) — with skipper Virat Kohli (16) deciding to bat at number at four.

When Dhawan and Rahul were at the crease, India were cruising towards a big total but their dismissal in space of 10 balls affected their run-rate. They raised a 121-run partnership for the second wicket.

The hosts struggled to raise any substantial partnership after that but Kuldeep Yadav’s useful 17-run cameo help the team cross the 250-run mark.

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been under the scanner for some time, yet again frittered away a good start, scoring 28 off 33 balls.

The Wankhede stadium track offered good bounce to Australia pacers, who were willing to be patient and were rewarded for being disciplined.

Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first.

India: 255 all out in 49.1 overs. (S Dhawan 74, KL Rahul 47; M Strac0 3/56, P Cummins 2/44, K Richardson 2/43), Australia 258/0 in 37.4 overs (David Warner 128 not out, Aaron Finch not out 110)

India playing XI:  Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

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