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Adam Zampa kept up his golden record over batting megastar Virat Kohli to help Australia have India all out for 255 in their one-day series opener in Mumbai.
In reply, Australia is 0-189 after 29 overs with David Warner (90) and Aaron Finch (82) at the crease. India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is no longer taking part due to a concussion sustained in the first innings.
Warner was given out caught behind in the sixth over but called for a review with less than one second left on the timer. The caught-behind decision was then overturned.
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Earlier, Zampa claimed Kohli’s wicket for the sixth time in international cricket with a return catch from the Indian captain on 16 as part of a mini collapse.
The hosts looked poised to post a big target at 1-134 after they were sent in by Aaron Finch, but lost 4-30 in five overs to lose all momentum at a packed Wankhede Stadium.
Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket he believed India to be “30 or 40 short” of a strong total.
Mitchell Starc took 3-56 in the team’s first ODI since his dominant World Cup, after getting rid of the dangerous opener Rohit Sharma in the fifth over for 10.
He then came back to run through the middle and lower order, to put Australia on top in the first game of three-match series.
Pat Cummins also transferred his Test form across to the white-ball game with an economical 2-44 from 10 overs, claiming the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan on 74 in the process.
Dhawan had lived a charmed life as he threatened his second straight century against Australia, as the visitors missed three tough chances to have him caught on one, 31 and 55.
The opener eventually fell when his leading edge carried to cover, only overs after Ashton Agar (1-56) also had KL Rahul (47) caught to start the rot.
Cummins later had Rishabh Pant in bizarre circumstances, caught when he top edged a ball onto his helmet on 28, before umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin took an age to give him out.
But it was the scalp of Kohli – who averages slightly under 60 in one-day cricket – that was most vital for Australia and Zampa.
A ball after being whacked over square leg for six by the right-hander, Zampa did well to hang on to drive that was hit hard back at him.
The Australian legspinner has now made Kohli his scalp four times in ODIs – the most times he has taken any batsman’s wicket – as well as twice in Twenty20s.
Kane Richardson also took 2-43 after being picked ahead of Josh Hazlewood, while debutant Marnus Labuschagne was earlier handed his maiden one-day cap by Steve Waugh.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shereyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Ten months ago Australia turned the corner ahead of the World Cup campaign, as Aaron Finch’s men pulled off a remarkable series victory coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
In the process, the series victory snapped a horror two years where Australia had won just four of their previous 24 matches.
Now, Finch’s men return to India intent on continuing their winning run, while Marnus Labuschagne will make his ODI debut in Mumbai.
Labuschagne had his cap presented to him by Steve Waugh before play, according to AAP. He becomes Australia’s 229th male ODI cricketer.
Labuschagne has been called up after a stunning six months of white ball cricket, which has seen the right-hander skyrocket to No.3 on the ICC Test batting rankings.
Labuschagne is one of a number of changes from the squad that toured last year, with Steve Smith and David Warner also key changes to the top order.
The bowling stocks are also vastly different, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood joining Pat Cummins to headline the pace attack.
For India, the home side once again have world class quick Jasprit Bumrah to call upon following his successful return from injury against Sri Lanka earlier in the month.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli headline India’s top order.
STAT: India has won just one of its three ODIs against Australia at Mumbai. Each win came while chasing.
First ODI: Tuesday 14 January, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Second ODI: Friday 17 January, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Third ODI: Sunday 19 January, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru