Record opening stand sees Australia demolish India in first ODI

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2020

MUMBAI: Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch struck dominant centuries in a record partnership to power Australia to a crushing 10-wicket win over India in the first one-day worldwide on Tuesday.

India needed a solid innings from captain Virat Kohli, who batted a position lower than his usual No 3 spot to accommodate Rahul, to get them out of trouble but he did not last long.

The target was later chased down rather easily with a record-breaking stand from opener David Warner and Aaron Finch.

The pair's unbeaten 258-run stand was also the biggest ever for any ODI wicket against India, and the highest unbeaten stand by Australia against any team.

Dhawan got his timing going after a slow start, reaching his 50 in the 20th over with Rahul in good touch at the other end after Rohit Sharma was removed by Starc.

"I think I've always had the hunger and desire for runs", Warner said after getting the man of the match award.

Warner took full advantage, cutting Jasprit Bumrah past point to bring up his 18th ODI century from 88 balls - as well as the 200 partnership - in the 31st over.

Finch completed his century in 108 balls but it was Warner who remained in total control as he finished it off with two of 17 boundaries. He also hit three sixes.

Dhawan top-scored with 74 off 91 on his ODI return and stitched a century stand with Rahul which was helping India score at almost five an over before the in-form Rahul fell for 47.

To compound India's woes, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant suffered a concussion after being hit on his helmet by a short-pitched delivery from Cummins. They added 121 runs off 136 deliveries, which at first glance is not a bad effort considering the partnership's strike rate was close to 90, with as many as 13 fours and a six coming during their association. But Kane Richardson claimed Jadeja and Cummins got Pant for 28.

Starc then returned to the attack, removing Shreyas Iyer cheaply as India lost four wickets for 30 runs to be reduced to 164 for five.

"As players we are excited to play a full strength Australia in our conditions, also to test ourselves against the best", said Kohli. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers, and didn't take the game by the scruff of the neck. We guys enjoy taking that challenge and if you look back to the World Cup, we scored 330 (352), we took them on as well.

And it came with the next World Cup to be played on the sub-continent, where the Aussies have now won their last nine ODIs and have two more to play in this three-game series.

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