India vs Australia: Hosts aim to end ODI series on a high

Kristopher Nichols
October 1, 2017

India openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane had set up a ideal platform in Bengaluru with a second straight century partnership but the middle-order could not capitalise on that.

Australia Team: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Peter Handscomb, 5 Travis Head, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Adam Zampa. Ajinkya Rahane (53, 66b, 6x4, 1x6) and Rohit Sharma (65, 55b, 1x4, 5x6) put the team on course with their 106-run opening stand. Rahane, Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli (21, 21b, 3x4) fell within a space of 31 runs thereafter, setting India back briefly.

Earlier, a fluent approach by both Warner and Finch provided Australia a record first wicket partnership of 231 off 201 balls, beating the previous record of 212 scripted by Geoff Marsh and David Boon against India in Jaipur in 1986.

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Jadhav and Manish Pandey kept the scoreboard ticking with a 61-run partnership, but once Jadhav was dismissed for 67, which came off 69 balls and included seven boundaries and a six, India began to lose wickets at regular intervals. "Even keeping in mind (Aaron) Finch's century in the last game, Warner is the most risky for us".

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India were aiming for a record-breaking tenth straight ODI win.

But after Sharma and Rahane went back home, the Indian skipper also followed the trail soon enough as he failed to deliver. I think the wicket was really good to bat on and from that point of view you have to give them a bit of advantage there. They ended up on the losing side in ODIs against Sri Lanka and South Africa while Australia won an ODI against New Zealand at this venue. If India get away to another good start, it could be a long 50 overs in the field for the Aussies. And then for the second time in five days, Australia denied Virat Kohli his favourite passtime of seeing off a run chase. The wicket of the Australian captain was also the 100th wicket for Umesh.

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: "Feels fantastic".

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