David Warner and Aaron Finch hammered centuries as Australia outplayed India to bag a ten-wicket win in the first ODI at Mumbai.
Warner struck 128 off 112 balls while skipper Finch frustrated the opposition with a 114-ball 110. Australia chased down 256 in a space of 37.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Earlier, Mitchell Starc took three wickets to hamper India’s progress after the visitors had opted to bowl first. Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson also contributed with two wickets each to bowl out India on 255 in 49.1 overs.
But the opening pair of Warner and Finch, who recorded a 258-run partnership which is the highest by any pair, for any wicket against India.
Warner got to his 18th ODI hundred with a punch off a full-toss from Jasprit Bumrah, while Finch swept Jadeja past fine-leg to raise the bat for his hundred.
It was Warner who looked more dominant in his stroke play, making excellent use of the fast outfield at the Eden Gardens. The New South Wales batsman smashed 17 fours and three sixes in his knock.
For India, Rohit Sharma was the first one to depart when he mis-timed a drive straight to mid-off. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan did well to take the game ahead with a 121-run stand but a batting collapse put Australia on the course.
India slipped from 134 for 1 to 164 for 5 in a space of just 35 deliveries. Dhawan was removed off Cummins’ bowling after getting a fair chunk of his outside edge straight to cover fielder, Ashton Agar.
Kohli, whose move to bat at No 4 was questioned by the analysts, didn’t stay for long as he was removed by Adam Zampa. This was the fourth instance Kohli was dismissed off Adam Zampa’s leg-spin bowling.
Pant and Jadeja then attacked the opposition but the former was nicked off by Kane Richardson. Pant was removed by a short ball as the ball had ricocheted off his bat and then rattled his helmet, which resulted in a straight forward catch to the point fielder. Pant didn’t come out in the second half of the innings and was kept under observation for concussion.
The second ODI of the three-match series will be played on Friday in Rajkot.