Sydney : Australia win the first ODI of the three-match series against India by a comfortable margin of 66 runs. Finch decided to bat first after winning the toss and the decision was justified by a strong start that was provided to them by himself and Warner.
Finch went on to score his 17th ODI hundred and ended with a score of 114 off 124 deliveries. He was supported by his partner at the other end who scored a fifty before departing. Then came Steve smith who claimed before the series began that he has “found his hands” and that he has a good feeling about his batting. To say is one thing but to do is another thing. Smith probably played his best one-day knock ever. His hundred which came off 62 balls was the third fastest by an australian in the format. The sheer confidence with which he played his shots was great to watch after he was dropped by dhawan at long-on in Chahal’s last over. Maxwell’s 45 off 19 helped australia post a mammoth target of 375.
Talking about India’s bowling which did disappoint throughout the 50 overs. Bumrah, who is the team’s premier bowler looked off colour early on in the innings. He didn’t pitch the ball up when it was new as Australia took advantage by setting themselves in. India desperately needed a sixth bowling option on a day that was cruel to their most reliable wicket-taker, Chahal, as well who went for 89 runs in his 10 overs. India also dropped nearly 4 catches which did not help the bowlers to pick wickets.
Trivia: Jasprit Bumrah had picked only a single wicket from his last six ODI’s in 2020.
Dhawan and Mayank gave the visitors a solid start by scoring 40 from the first five but a few rash shots and a barrage of bouncers by Hazlewood reduced them to 80 for 3. If at all India were to win the game, Dhawan and Pandya’s 100 plus partnership got them close but in the end 375 was too much to achieve in a limited number of balls.
Trivia: This total of 374-6 was Australia’s highest against India surpassing the 359-2 that they amassed in the 2003 world cup final at the Wanderers in South Africa.
Australia lead the three-match series by 1-0 and gain ealy momentum with nearly all of their batsman back in the best of touch. India will have to improve on all three aspects of the game to salvage the series and to endure the long tour.
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