The visiting side Australia have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against the hosts India after thrashing them by 10 wickets in the opening game of this series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) on Tuesday (14th January).
After winning the toss, the visiting captain Aaron Finch decided to field first. While they bowled out the hosts for 255 runs (49.1 overs), Australia chased down that target without losing any wicket (258/0) in 37.4 overs.
The Indian bowlers were totally hapless in the second innings as both the Aussie openers, skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner, smashed centuries. While the left-handed batsman Warner scored 128 not out off 112 balls (17 fours and 3 sixes), the right-handed batsman Finch remained not out on 110 runs off 114 balls (13 fours and two sixes).
Australian bowlers were very discipline
The Indian opener Rohit Sharma lost his wicket after scoring just 10 runs. However, the other opener Shikhar Dhawan handled that early situation very well along with the no.3 position batsman KL Rahul. They had an impressive 121 runs partnership for the second wicket as once the hosts were batting on 134/1.
But once that partnership was broken, the other batsmen lost their wickets at regular intervals. While Rahul scored 47 runs, Dhawan played a superb knock of 74 runs (91 balls). Captain Virat Kohli, who came to at no.4 instead of his regular no.3, scored only 16 runs before Adam Zampa dismissed him through the caught and bowled.
Soon, Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on just four runs while India were battling on 164/5. After that, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja put the 49 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. While Jadeja scored 25 runs, Pant played a good knock of 28 runs. During his dismissal, Pant got a hit on his helmet as his attempt of the pull shot against Pat Cummins’ fast short delivery hit his helmet and travelled to point that landed to the safe hands. At the beginning of the second innings, KL Rahul kept wicket while Pant was under observation.
At late of that innings, Shardul Thakur (13), Mohammed Shami (10) and Kuldeep Yadav (17) added some crucial runs that helped the team to manage the total over 250 runs.
Among the Australian pacers, Mitchell Starc (3/56) bagged three wickets while Pat Cummins (2/44) and Kane Richardson (2/43) took two wickets each. Also, both the spinners, Adam Zampa (1/53) and Ashton Agar (1/56) took one wicket each.