Australia broke a slew of records on their way of a dominant win against India in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium. Aaron Finch and David Warner registered their centuries after the bowling unit had kept the Indian batting unit under check.
Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Australia skipper Aaron Finch opted to include the in-form Marnus Labushagne. The skipper left Josh Hazlewood off the playing eleven and opted to go for the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli opted to leave out Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Navdeep Saini. The selection meant that all of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul found a spot in the eleven.
It did not take long for the deadly attack to strike with Starc getting rid of Sharma early on. KL Rahul came in at No.3 and stabilized the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan. The flamboyant left-hander scored a fluent fifty before getting out on 74 while Rahul fell three short of a fifty.
The middle-order could not cope up with the quick wickets as the side slumped from 134-1 to 164-5 in no time. Adam Zampa got the better of the Indian skipper for the fourth time in nine innings while Iyer could only score 4.
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant got a brisk start before being dismissed for 28. The lower middle-order chipped in towards the end but it was not enough as India bowed out on 255, a below-par score on the track.
The Indian bowling attack were never in the game as the opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch steeped on the pedal right from ball one. Even the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah was not spared as Australia raced at a run rate of 8 in the first powerplay.
Virat Kohli seemed to be out of answers as all of his bowling changes proved without efficacy. The pair managed to register the highest ever partnership against India while Warner got to 5000 runs, being the fourth fastest batsman to do so.
The ground where India achieved its finest glory is turning out to be a thorn amongst the petals as the side suffer their third consecutive ODI loss at the venue.