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Australia celebrate the wicket of Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Australia, at first sight, have proved that they are in India to challenge the indomitable host in their bastion. They were brilliant with the ball as they restrict Virat Kohli & Co for 255 runs in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Aussie skipper Aaron Finch was quick to opt to bowl first considering the dew factor and Mitchell Starc, who is playing an ODI in after almost seven years rewarded him with the early wicket of in-form Rohit Sharma. Since then, Shikhar Dhawan showed character alongside KL Rahul, who came at No. 3 but the bowlers did an outstanding job to slow down the run-rate.

KL Rahul (R) and Shikhar Dhawan (L). Credit: BCCI

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The Indian duo had to rely mostly on singles while the odd boundaries came from here and there as India managed to post 45 runs in the first ten overs. Shikhar Dhawan finally got going and completed his half-century in 66 balls. Just when it looked like India were set for a big score with two set batsmen, KL Rahul threw his wicket to Ashton Agar, three short of his fifty.

Australia sensed an opportunity and made an excellent comeback picking three wickets in a quick span. They reduced India from 134 for one to 165 for five with all the batters back in the hut. Skipper Virat Kohli will be disgusted with himself for not utilising a good start and failing to deliver results at No. 4. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc showed class as they sent back Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer to take a step forward in the game.

Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket. Credit: BCCI

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Australia managed to keep up the pressure as India batters found it hard to knock the boundaries. Cummins and Starc were brilliant with the ball with good assistance from Kane Richardson. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja helped the Men in Blues to cross the 200-run mark but

But Jadeja and Pant’s departure was the final nail in the coffin as the pace trio gave a hard time to Indian batters. However, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav bought some crucial overs in the death overs to help the home side post a 250+ total on the scoreboard.

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