Mumbai: Captain Aaron Finch and David Warner hit centuries as Australia hammered India by 10 wickets in the first one-day international on Tuesday.
Warner was 128 not out and Finch 110 not out as Australia scored 258 without loss in 37.4 overs in reply to India’s 255 all out.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc took 3-56 in only his second ODI on Indian soil as the host's middle-order collapsed after a 121-run second-wicket partnership between KL Rahul (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (74).
It was the fifth 10-wicket defeat for India in ODI cricket, and only the second at home.
The last time India lost an ODI by 10 wickets was in 20005 against South Africa in Kolkata.
Australia’s first 10-wicket victory against India was fueled by the third-highest partnership in ODIs between Warner and Finch for their team.
Post the match, cricket experts weighed in on the result and what it heralds for the remaining two ODIs in the three-match series.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 14, 2020
Australia have been magnificent. With bat, and especially with ball. For India, a game to forget.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 14, 2020
What’s more troubling—India getting dismissed for 255 inside 50 overs. Or India not picking a single wicket? I’m going with the latter. One-sided in the end. #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 14, 2020
huge positive for india to keep smith runless #INDvAUS
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 14, 2020
What a dominating performance from Australia. Excellent performance from the bowling unit followed up by brilliant 100s from Warner and Finch. I am sure India will learn from this experience and bounce back strongly in Rajkot. #INDvsAUS
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 14, 2020
Highest stands for Australia in ODIs:
284 : Head/Warner v Pak, Adelaide, 2017
260 : Smith/Warner v Afg, Perth, 2015
258* : Finch/Warner v Ind, Mumbai, 2020*#INDvAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 14, 2020
With inputs from The Associated Press
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"I'd also like to say sorry to @mohammedsirajofficial and the Indian team as racism, and abuse is not in any way acceptable or tolerated anywhere at any time, and I would expect better from our home crowd," Warner said in an Instagram post.
Pucovski's performance in his first match for the Test side had been a bright spot for the Aussies, who were held to a draw in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India thrillingly achieved their 328 target with just 18 balls left on the final day to win the four-Test series 2-1, the highest successful run chase at Australia's "Fortress Gabba", where the hosts had been unbeaten for 33 years.