Australia defeat to Team India in the first ODI played in Mumbai. This was the first time Australia had defeated India by 10 wickets. It was the first time since 2005 that Team India were beaten by 10 wickets at home.
New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Australia are among the teams that have defeated India by ten wickets so far. Out of these, South Africa has defeated India twice by ten wickets. South Africa did this amazing in the years 2000 and 2005. Australia defeated India by ten wickets for the first time in ODI cricket.
The heroic heroes of the victory were Australia captain Aaron Finch (110) and David Warner (128). Finch-Warner also made the biggest partnership against Team India in the run chase.
Team India, who lost the toss and came out to bat first, were all out by scoring 255 runs in 49.1 overs. In response, Australia reached the target in 37.4 overs. This was only the third time in One-Day history, when the team, chasing a target of over 250, won by 10 wickets. Interestingly, every losing team was from the Asian continent itself. The second match of the three-match one-day series will be played in Rajkot on 17 January.
Superb bowling performance from the visitors. On a wicket which has historically been a bowler's nightmare, the Australian bowlers have come and given a masterclass at Wankhede. High-fives all around amongst the Aussies as they know they have won the first half of this game.
After being put into bat, India got off to a horror start losing Rohit Sharma early. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul then steadied the ship with a 121-run stand. The former started off slowly but grew into his stride. Rahul though lacked aggression but once he departed the procession started. From 134/1 the hosts found themselves wanting at 164/5.
The big finish they were laying the foundation for never came. Pant and Jadeja then tried to give them that blockbuster finish and added a 49-run stand but the pair departed in quick succession. 250 looked difficult but the fight from Shami and Kuldeep saw the scoreboard have some respectability and has taken the hosts to 255.
What a resounding bowling performance from the Australians. Finch won the toss and opted to bowl and his bowlers backed their captain. All 5 bowlers were exceptional and had at least one wicket to heir name. The pacers had 7 wickets amongst themselves. Mitchell Starc was the star of the show with 3 wickets. Richardson and Cummins had two wickets each.
The spinners were not just economical but also got very crucial wicket. The leg spin of Zampa got rid of Kohli while Agar got rid of Rahul. None of the bowlers went for 6 runs in an over on a pitch where bowlers have feared to bowl. Before we head into the break, the star of the show Mitchell Starc is caught down for a quick chat with Michael Slater.
INDIA Playing XI - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, 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 (ODI DEBUT), Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says they wanted to bowl first as well because of the dew factor that comes into play in Mumbai. Adds that however they are up for the challenge to bat first as well and put runs on the board. Further says that he is pretty happy batting first as it is a challenge for them and they will try to step up. Talking about the Australian team, Virat says that they are one of the best opponents that have come here and posed a great challenge against them. Recollects the last time when the Australians came from 2-0 down to win the series 3-2 in India. Informs that Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav miss out on the playing XI.
Australian captain Aaron Finch, says that it is a good wicket and hopes the dew to come in and hence the decision. Tells they are feeling good and says the guys are very confident as they have played either Test or Big Bash. Finch says he is excited as he has all the pacers available. On his team, Finch informs that they are playing with two spinners. Adds D'Arcy Short, Handscomb and Hazlewood are the ones missing out.