Warner, Finch hit tons to inflict 10-wicket loss on India

Tanya Simon
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 global on Tuesday.

Warner's 128 from 112 balls and Finch's 110 off 107 marked just the fifth time in history both Australian openers had scored centuries in the same game.

The 10-wicket margin was Australia's biggest in a one-day worldwide in India, and only the second time the hosts have been beaten so badly at home.

Former Australian explosive opener Matthew Hayden criticised the Indian team for altering the natting line-up in the first ODI against Australia at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. "You've got someone like Virat Kohli that has played 230-odd one-day matches and 180 of those have been at No.3 and he has scored nearly 10,000 runs at that particular position", Hayden said in commentary as quoted by Fox Sports.com. The India skipper was out for just 16 as India were all out for only 255.

"When KL got out, at that time we planned to accelerate and those four wickets we lost, that's where we lost the momentum".

Warner raised his 18th ODI hundred in 88 balls with a boundary off Indian quick Jasprit Bumrah as he jumped with joy and kissed his helmet to celebrate the knock. Overall, he hit 17 fours and three sixes.

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Mumbai: Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant on Tuesday suffered a concussion, forcing KL Rahul to take his position behind the stumps during the first ODI against Australia.

Pat Cummins was brought back from the other end to send Dhawan back to the pavilion after flicking the ball to cover where Agar took the catch.

Kohli hit leg-spinner Adam Zampa for a six before offering a return catch to the bowler on the very next delivery to be out for 16.

Warner, who scored his fifth consecutive half-century against India en route his third ton against them, also finds himself in the each of the top three partnerships for Australia in the format. But Kane Richardson claimed Jadeja and Cummins got Pant for 28.

"He's still skilful enough to make breakthrough also, So we have to be respectful but at the same time have belief in our game to be able to play well against them".

Zampa will head to Rajkot for Friday's second ODI with an advantage over the world's best batsman, having removed the Indian captain six times in global cricket.

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