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Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

India's bowlers failed to get any purchase, and the dewy conditions in Mumbai didn't help their cause as Australia galloped to 200 in the 31st over.

Australia: 258 for no loss in 37.4 overs (David Warner 124 not out, Aaron Finch 110 not out). They also conceded a 0-1 lead to the visitors in the three-match series.

This was after Australia won the toss and opted to field.

Kohli, in a bid to address the long-term top-order problem, came in to bat at No. 4 in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, an unusual position for him but one, that in the larger scheme of things, continues to be a pain point for his side.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was struck on the helmet by a short delivery from Pat Cummins in the 44th over.

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Starc then returned to the attack, removing Shreyas Iyer cheaply as India lost four wickets for 30 runs to be reduced to 164 for five.

Cummins and Kane Richardson (2-43) shared four wickets as the India middle order was exposed.

Ravindra Jadeja (25 from 32) and Rishabh Pant (28 from 33) restored some momentum to the innings with a stand of 49, but both departed in quick succession and it was left to Kuldeep Yadav (17) to steer them above the 250 mark. Rahul kept wickets instead.

At a time when many are questioning the Indian skipper's decision to drop himself to number four for accommodating Rahul at three, Dhawan said it was Kohli's choice to do so. I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I'm allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times. It's a very strong Australian team, and if you don't play well enough, they will hurt you.

The two sides will meet in Rajkot for the second ODI on Friday.

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