Hyderabad: The Aussies announced their arrival to India in style as they beat Virat Kohli and men in a one-sided contest by ten wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Team India looked in good touch against Srilanka as it was now time for the big Australian assignment as Australia and India were all set to play a three-match ODI series.
Aaron Finch won the toss at the Wankhede and elected to bowl first as the Wankhede has always been an easier turf to chase targets rather than defending it. India decided to play all the three openers which hinted a change in their batting order.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat as Mitchell Starc struck early by sending Rohit Sharma back on 10. KL Rahul walked out to bat at No.3 as Virat Kohli decided to bat at No.4.
Rahul and Dhawan stitched a wonderful partnership of 121 runs with Shikhar Dhawan scored a fighting fifty, his 21st in ODIs. KL Rahul soon fell for 47 as Virat Kohli walked out to bat at No.4, an unusual sight for the Indian fans.
There was no Super V to the rescue today as Virat hit one straight to Zampa after hitting him for a 6 in the same over. He got out for 16 as Shikhar Dhawan followed his foot-steps and got out for a well-made 74.
The tail somehow managed to add runs at the end as India reached a below-par total of 255. India received a huge shock in the form of Rishabh Pant. He suffered a concussion as he was hit on the head off Pat Cummins. It was the same delivery on which he got out.
Australians had a decent target of 256 to chase as Aussie openers David Warner and Aaron Finch walked out to bat with David Warner coming at the back of some wonderful form from the past year.
They started attacking the Indian bowling attack right from the start and gave no room for any error whatsoever. Although there were a more than a couple of reviews from both the teams, it was the Australians who had the last laugh as both Aaron Finch and David Warner scored centuries to help Australia complete a one-sided dominant victory by ten wickets in just 37.4 overs. Warner finished on 128* and Finch on 110*. David Warner was named the Man of the Match for his destructive 128*(112) which included 17 fours and three sixes.
This huge victory meant the Australians took a lead of 1-0 in the three-match series and will now look to win the second match and seal their second consecutive series win against India in India.
Whereas India is concerned, they have a lot of bases to cover before the second ODI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on January 17.