In the first ODI of the bilateral series between India and Australia, Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat against the Men in Blue. Aaron Finch (112), David Warner (69) and Steven Smith (105) set up a huge target of 375 for team India.
Aaron Finch and David Warner started the proceedings with the bat on a higher note with a steady run rate on the scoreboard. At the end of the powerplay, the Aussies were 51 for no loss with the opening pair looking in good touch. The Aussie skipper Finch and Warner stitched a 156 run partnership which was broken by Mohammad Shami in the 28th over when the southpaw was caught behind the stumps.
Steven Smith didn’t waste much time in the middle and started taking on the Indian bowlers. Smith’s wrist work startled the Indian players as the former Aussie captain started toying with the fieldset. The Aussie captain completed the 17th ODI century of his career, fourth against India, first in Sydney and sixth as a captain. Finch departed in the 40th over after smashing Japrit Bumrah for two consecutive boundaries, the set batman thought of working the ball over the keeper’s head but the lack of pace didn’t add up to the ball and was caught by Rahul.
Marcus Stoinis was sent back to the pavilion on a golden duck, one more Aussie batman who was caught behind the stumps by the wicketkeeper. Stoinis’ departure brought Glenn Maxwell to the crease, the all-rounder started attacking the Indian bowlers immediately and didn’t let the run-rate go down. Maxwell started showing his antics with the bat, he hit two back-to-back boundaries with a switch-hit to Yuzvendra Chahal. The right-handed attacking middle-order batsman’s 19 balls 45 run cameo was ended when he was caught at the deep by Ravindra Jadeja on Shami’s bowling. Marnus Labushagne entered the crease following Maxwell’s departure but couldn’t do much damage as he was caught at log off by Shikhar Dhawan on Navdeep Saini’s bowling.
Shami grabbed three wickets and conceded 59 runs. Bumrah, Saini and Chahal pocketed one wicket each and were expensive in their 10 overs spell. Chahal had a bad day with the ball, the spinner finished his allotted 10 overs with 85 runs and pocketed the wicket of Stoinis. The leg-spinner’s spell in today’s match has been the most expensive by a spinner for India.