The first match of the One Day International series between India and Australia at the Wankhede Stadium last night ended up in a hammering decisive victory for the visitors. The absolutely mesmerising peformances from the two Aussie openers- David Warner and the skipper Aaron Finch, successfully chased down India’s set target of 256, and that too, without losing a single wicket. Its the first 10 wicket victory for the Aussies against Team India!
Warner and Finch’s astounding 258 runs partnership dominated over the Men in Blues’ 255 all out score. This was also the first 10 wicket ODI victory for Australia in 13 years, since their rout of Bangladesh back in 2007 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
While Rohit Sharma disappointed in the first innings, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 91) and 1 down KL Rahul (47 off 61) started off things pretty well for India. However, the rest of the batting order failed to produce reasonable scores as well as keeping their wickets, and Kohli and squad gave up against the Australia bowlers with still 5 balls left.
The Aussie batsmen gave a rough time to the Indian bowlers. David Warner produced a swashbuckling score of 128 runs from 112 balls, with an astounding 17 boundaries and 3 over boundaries. Captain Finch’s knock was a little less pacey, but still a substantial 110 off 114, conststing of 13 fours and 2 sixes.
David Warner reached his half century against only 40 deliveries, and also registered 5118 ODI runs in the match, shooting his batting average of the format up to 46.95.
In the post match interview, Warner spoke up about his staggering innings. “I have always had the hunger to score more runs and put the team off to a good start. It was a great effort from our bowlers in the afternoon.”
Mitchell Starc picked up his triplet against Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur, while Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson both secured two each.
“To put India down to just 255 at home was incredible and to then close down the game like we did was brilliant,” the 33 year old added.
Meanwhile, it was all sombre from Virat Kohli: “We were totally outplayed in all departments It is a very strong Australian side,” the host skipper told reporters.
The captain failed to produce a good knock, and was caught and bowled by Adam Zampa after scoring only 16 runs.
“We didn’t get enough runs, we were too respectful in certain phases and it cost us. Today was one of those days when we weren’t allowed into the game at all.” the 31 year old added.
The second game of the series is on Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.