What went wrong for India in first ODI against Australia

India were all out for just 255 and David Warner and Aaron Finch ensured that the visitors won the match by 10 wickets.

Published: 16th January 2020 09:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2020 01:06 PM   |  A+A-

India captain Virat Kohli gestures during the first ODI match between India and Australia in Mumbai.

India captain Virat Kohli gestures during the first ODI match between India and Australia in Mumbai. (Photo | AP)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: India's problem of plenty at the top of the order ended up costing them dear in their first ODI against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India were all out for just 255 and David Warner and Aaron Finch ensured that the visitors won the match by 10 wickets.

Breaking the top three

Indian captain Virat Kohli's performance at the number three position has proven vital to India in recent years. It is part of a prolific top three consisting of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan which made India's top order one of the biggest strengths that the team has. While Rahul played well -- his 127-run stand with Dhawan was one of the few positive points for India in the match -- Kohli failed to fire. Experimenting with one of their biggest strengths in a match against a team that have not lost a bilateral limited overs series since January 2019 turned out to be a doomed decision.

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Middle order

Kohli being pushed down to number four led to Kedar Jadhav losing a place in the team. It meant that when India were down to five wickets with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa closing in on them, the hosts had to depend upon a woefully out of form Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to resurrect the innings. Neither could get into their preferred flow of boundaries and sixes and the scorecard pressure caught up with them.

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Rusty Bumrah

India's top-heavy batting order has misfired in the recent past and their bowling has often saved them the blushes. What was different at the Wankhede on Tuesday was that their strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah is still returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury while the rest missed the desired marks by inches. This was coupled with the fact that they were facing an opening pair of Finch and Warner who average over 106 in partnerships against India. They ended up bettering their own record for the highest opening stand by Australia against India.

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