Warner, Finch centuries help Australia thrash India by ten wickets in 1st ODI


Australian explosive left-handed batsman David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch scored tons as Australia thrashed India at Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai by ten wickets and go up 1-0 in the three-match series.

While chasing 256 to win, Australia openers were on spot from the beginning adding 84 runs in the first powerplay. Indian skipper Virat Kohli looked vulnerable as he tested all his bowlers but they all failed to pick up a wicket.

Warner (128) got out two times but with the help of DRS technology, he saved himself and scored his 18th century. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch (112) brought his 16th century.

Earlier Finch won the toss and decided to field first and restricted for just 255 in 49.1 overs. Left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc led the attack and picked up three wickets. Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson picked two wickets each.

Aussie skipper Aaron India got off a poor start as they lost vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the fifth over. Shikar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47) helped India to get rid of the trouble with their 121- run stand for the second wicket.

Dhawan scored his 28th half-century and KL Rahul was three runs short of his fifty. Cummins broke the crucial stand which allowed the visitors to came back even stronger. They picked four wickets in a short span of time. World number one batsman Virat Kohli, who was batting at number four position only scored 16.

Wicket-keeper Rishab Pant and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja started to recover but they also departed in quick succession. Indian bowlers made useful contributions with the bat down the order which helped the hosts post a reasonable score.

It is only the second time in history where India have lost by ten wickets at home and fifth overall.

The second ODI will be played in Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on January 17th.