MUMBAI: Australia started the ODI series against Team India with a bang. The first match of the 3-match series was held on 14th January and we have to say that the former team completely dominated the latter with a 10 wickets victory.
The openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner were enough to successfully chase 255 runs scored by the Men in Blue. Finch with his 110 off 114 balls and Warner with 128 off 112 balls lead their team to score 258 runs in just 37.4 overs. 30 boundaries and 5 sixes with all the running between the wickets completed their match-winning knockouts.
The big defeat of India would definitely be a shock to the team as well as the audience after their brilliant performances in the limited-over series against Sri Lanka and West Indies. The bowlers failed to send any of the batting opponents back to the pavilion and not just this, the middle-order batsman of team India shattered very quickly. They were all out with 5 balls still left, although as the play was progressing for them, it would not have made a big difference even if they played those spared balls.
That's that from the Wankhede.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020
Absolute domination by the Australian openers as Australia win the 1st ODI by 10 wickets and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Scorecard - https://t.co/yur0YuDrGa #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/VF05mP0kg7
There were many questions raised to the decision of Virat Kohli coming out at Number 4. Shikhar Dhawan was made to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma whereas KL Rahul came at Number 3. The whole experiment failed miserably and it seems the Kohli led squad will have to ponder about their strategies for the upcoming matches of the series.
While there were many dropped catches by the Australian, they easily managed to break India's winning streak. The Aussie bowlers were outstanding in disrupting the Indian batting line-up and thus, took the lead.
The next match will be played on 17th January at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. We are hopeful of some better well-thought strategies from the hosts as they will look forward to tying up the series in the second match.