Humiliated on home turf by Australia, skipper Virat Kohli defends change in batting order

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Australia on Tuesday humiliated the Indian cricket team on their home ground after they defeated the hosts by 10 wickets in the first One Day Internationa of the series. Two stars of Australia’s emphatic win were their openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch, as both ended with the unbeaten knocks of 128 and 110 respectively.

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Batting first, India had made 255 all out with Shikhar Dhawan being the top scorer with 74 runs. KL Rahul had made 47 with the rest of the batsmen failing to impress with the bat. At one point India were 134/1 before its collapse began.

Australia made an explosive start as both Warner and Finch began to hit Indian bowlers all across the ground. They achieved the target with 12.2 overs to spare.

The opening partnership of 258 was the highest by any team against India. This was also India’s second 10-wicket defeat at home.

Warner was declared Man Of The Match. Reacting to his side’s win, Australian skipper Finch said, “I thought the way we fought back in the middle overs with the ball had a huge part today. The way KL and Shikhar were batting, they could have gone to a much bigger score. Proud of how we fought back. I think we could still brush up in the field. The outfield is a bit damp. Any time you beat India in India is a special feeling. It’s been fantastic. He’s been unstoppable for a long time now. I think this is his 18th ODI ton and 10th in the last 2-3 years. India will bounce back. They have a couple of all-time greats, and we have to be right on top of our game.”

Indian captain Virat Kohli said, “Totally outplayed in all three departments. It’s a very strong Australian team, and if you don’t play well enough, they will hurt you. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers, and didn’t take the game by the scruff of the neck. It’s another challenge to bounce back from here. International cricket is always priceless. Experience in any format helps you in other formats.

“It’s about being out there and playing good international cricket. It’s an opportunity for these young middle order players to stand up to outstanding bowlers and play a match-winning knock. We’ve had this discussion in the past. Because of the way KL has batted, we have tried to have him bat up in the lineup. We might have to think about this. Every now and then, it’s about putting people up there and testing them. People need to relax and not panic. Today was one of the days it didn’t come off.”

 

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