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Aaron Finch, Steve Smith’s guides Australia to convincing 66-run win over Virat Kohli & Co

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In the opening ODI of three match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Team India Suffers a crushing defeat by 66-run from Australia.

Chasing a huge target of 374 runs in 50 overs, team India did make a positive start but continued to lose wickets which saw them being kept at the bay.

After opting to bat first Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch (114 off 124) and former skipper Steve Smith’s rediscovered their forms at the international level getting hosts off to a flier as the duo added 156 runs for the opening wicket to put Australia in driver’s seat.

Batting first, Australia posted their highest ODI total against India – 374/6 – which proved to be too much to handle for the Men in Blue.

Mohammed Shami dismissed Warner in the 28th over of the innings while Smith was on the money right from the word go as he took Indian bowlers to the cleaners. Smith and Finch added 115 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah.

Smith got well supported by Glenn Maxwell, who played an entertaining cameo (45 off 19) by completing his century in the penultimate over of Australia’s innings, off 62 balls, which was the third-fastest ODI ton by an Australian batsman.

Indian bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal went for 89 runs in 10 overs conceding just one wicket. While Navdeep Saini (83/1) and Jasprit Bumrah (73/1) were two pacers who leaked plenty of runs while Shami bowled a decent spell (59/3).

In reply, India’s Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan looked in control of the proceedings as they added 53 runs in 5.3 overs before Mayank was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.

The right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood continued to test the Indian batsman with bouncers as he went on to dismiss Virat Kohli (21 off 21) and Shreyas Iyer (2). Kohli was earlier dropped by Adam Zampa but it did not prove to be costly.

India’s scoreboard read only 101/4 after KL Rahul (12 off 15) was dismissed by Zampa. Dhawan and Hardik Pandya brought India back in the game by adding 128 runs for the fifth wicket. Zampa went on to remove Dhawan (74 off 86) and Pandya (90 off 76) in quick succession to bring Australia back in the game. While it was Hazlewood who dismantled the top-order, it was Zampa who also found some form with a good four-wicket haul.

374 was always going to be a tough task and the visitors fell short by 66 runs.

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