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1st ODI highlights: Warner, Finch tons help AUS crush IND by 10 wickets

India made some unusual changes in their batting line-up with Virat Kohli pushing himself down to number four to accommodate specialist openers Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 91) and K L Rahul (47 off 61) in

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Australian batsman David Warner celebrates his century along with his batting partner Aaron Finch during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match against India, at the Wankhede Stadium. Photo: PTI
In the first One Day International (ODI) of three-match series, gave a harsh reality check with a 10-wicket drubbing at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday. Thus, exposing the home team's middle-order frailty and putting to sword its bowling. Anticipating dew in the evening session, opted to field. India ended up with a below-par 255 on a decent batting surface after a middle-order failure. Australia made short work of the target, racing to a resounding victory in 37.4 overs with (128 not out off 112) and Finch (110 not out off 114) smashing unbeaten centuries, making the Indian attack look rather ordinary. They simply ran away with chase, sharing 30 boundaries and five sixes between them. The manner of India's defeat, which came after dominating limited overs series wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka, has left the hosts with plenty to ponder ahead of the second game in Rajkot on Friday.
 
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India made some unusual changes in their batting line-up with pushing himself down to number four to accommodate specialist openers (74 off 91) and (47 off 61) in the playing eleven.

Dhawan opened alongside while Rahul batted at three, disturbing the combination that India employed successfully after the World Cup in July.

With Kohli (16 off 14) dropping himself down the order, (4), who had shown a lot of promise at number four in recent times, was demoted to five. The entire experiment failed miserably, raising plenty of questions.

Earlier, Dhawan hit a half-century before Australia pulled things back to bowl India out with five balls to spare.

Dhawan looked in great touch during his stay in the middle and in the company of Rahul, shared a second-wicket stand of 121 runs off 136 balls to set the base for India's total. However, India failed to capitalise.

Sent into bat, India were dealt an early blow when they lost Rohit, caught by Warner at mid-off off (3/56).

Rahul joined Dhawan at the crease and the duo played fluently without much trouble against a formidable Australian attack.

After adopting a cautious approach initially, Dhawan upped his ante and started to play his shots, while at the same time gave due respect to the good deliveries.

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Australian batsman celebrates his century during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match against India, at the Photo: PTI

Dhawan showed his class and played all kinds of shots to register his fifty in 66 balls with a single off leg-spinner (1/53) in the 20th over.

Soon after reaching his fifty, Dhawan got a reprieve when he was dropped by Warner at midwicket off Ashton Agar (1/56).

The two went about their business in style, picking up runs off bad balls before both departed in consecutive overs.

Just three short of his fifty, Rahul gave a straight forward catch to at covers off Agar and then, in the next over, Dhawan was caught by Agar off (2/44).

While Rahul hit four boundaries during his 61-ball knock, Dhawan's innings was laced with nine fours and one six.

Dropping himself to No. 4 to accommodate both Dhawan and Rahul in the side, (16) was in attacking mode from the onset, but didn't last long as Zampa took a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss the Indian skipper.

Iyer followed suit when Starc induced an edge an over later and did the rest behind the stumps.

(28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) shared 49 runs for the sixth wicket before the duo perished in consecutive overs as India lost the plot.

Towards the end (17) and Mohammed Shami (10) struck some useful boundaries.

Here are the playing 11 of both the sides:

India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia playing 11: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

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