Australian captain Aaron Finch said it is always tough to beat India in India after their comfortable win. It is always a challenge for the touring teams to get the better off India in their home conditions. We have seen in the past that India has been a dominant side, especially in their own conditions. However, Australia had no issues in the first ODI at Wankhede on Tuesday as they outgunned India convincingly by 10 wickets and even had 74 balls to spare.
The tourists were right on the money with the ball as they bundled out India for a mundane score of 255 runs after electing to bowl first. India scored 134-1 in the first 27 overs but could only manage 122 and lost nine wickets in the remaining 22.1 overs they faced.
Finch and Warner were too good.
Subsequently, Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner came up with blistering knocks to get to the target with great ease. Finch scored his 16th ODI century whereas Warner smashed his 18th hundred as Australia took a 1-0 lead.
Aaron Finch said in the post-match presentation, “I thought the way we fought back during the middle overs was impressive. Shikhar and KL were batting really well, looking to accelerate. So, I’m proud of the way the boys fought back. We could still brush up in the field a bit but that happens sometimes when the outfield is slightly damp. Overall, a good performance. Always tough to beat India in India”.
Finch was full of praise for his opening partner, David Warner who was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant 128 off just 112 balls. The left-hander innings was laden with 17 fours and three sixes. Finch also scored a magnificent knock of 110 runs from 114 balls with the help of 13 fours and two sixes.
Finch added, “He’s (Warner) been fantastic, especially in this format of the game. He’s been unstoppable for quite sometime now. Quite special. Once he gets in, he has so many options to score. Always great to bat with him. Of course, India is a quality team and we expect them to bounce back”.
Australia was too good for India as they dominated right throughout. The visitors outclassed India and would like to continue their domination. The second ODI will take place at Rajkot on 17th February.