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5th over: India 17-1 (Dhawan 1, KL Rahul 4) KL Rahul, not Kohli, strides out at No3 and he accepts a couple of dot-balls before benefiting from Starc leaking onto his pads and glancing for four.
Updated at 3.27am EST
Huge early breakthrough for Australia! After that entertaining early over India have struggled to get bat on ball and that’s resulted in Rohit going hard at a cross-seam delivery that confused his timing. It ends with a drive that only just carries to Warner at mid-off.
4th over: India 13-0 (Rohit 10, Dhawan 1) Depending which way you look at it Cummins either a) got away with a wide half-volley or b) almost lured Dhawan into edging behind with the sucker ball. The outcome was an airy whoosh from the batsman and a dot in the scorebook. Three more dots follow as Cummins settles into a fourth stump line just back of a length. Another dot arrives courtesy of a bouncer than Dhawan didn’t feel inclined to go near, before all those dots are joined in a lovely M to complete the maiden. He is a captain’s dream, Pat Cummins.
3rd over: India 13-0 (Rohit 10, Dhawan 1) Better from Starc, still no lateral movement with the white ball he’s using, but the line and length gives India nothing to launch at.
2nd over: India 11-0 (Rohit 9, Dhawan 1) Nothing moved in the air or off the seam for Starc but Pat Cummins has the ball whispering, if not yet talking. He finds some movement in the air to Dhawan, arcing the ball into the left-hander from over the wicket, then after the strike is rotated he whistles one past Rohit’s outside-edge in a manner familiar to sides all around the world in the past couple of years.
1st over: India 8-0 (Rohit 8, Dhawan 0) How’s that for a first ball? Width from Starc first up angling across the right-hander and Rohit just creams it through the covers like he was shadow batting in his slippers. He’s lucky to escape a couple of balls later though when some suicidal running leaves him miles out of his ground after Dhawan correctly declines a single with Warner prowling. Recognising it’s better not to run if he doesn’t have to, Rohit thumps another cover drive to the boundary. A very entertaining start.
Updated at 3.08am EST
Mitchell Starc has the new white ball in his hand. Two slips stand behind Rohit Sharma - here we go!
“Run-machine (tick), livewire (tick), phenomenal (tick). Ease up with the epithets there, JP. This isn’t a T20. Pace yourself. Get your thesaurus in, or you’ll find yourself referring to “the above average Kohli” by over 35 , and “cricketer Steve Smith” by the second innings.” Thanks ‘dreadful first email of the night’ Rowan Sweeney. Did I do that right?
The pitch looks flat and full of runs, but it has a bit of grass on it, which will give Australia’s quicks some hope.
It’s anthem time in the middle of the Wankhede. Cricket is imminent.
2.44am EST02:44Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket)
Everywhere I’ve gone today, people have taken me aside, eager to chat about this mid-January tour of India to play an ODI series where matches will finish at 3am and only be shown on pay TV. The kids, especially, are buzzing. #INDvAUSJanuary 14, 2020
The hosts have gone with KL Rahul at No3, meaning the mighty Virat is scheduled down at four, for the time being anyway. It’s a line-up bristling with attacking intent, including the livewire Pant behind the stumps, the phenomenal Bumrah with the new ball, and plenty of variety in between.
India 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Virat Kohli (c), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
The headline news for the visitors is the inclusion of Test run-machine Marnus Labuschagne who becomes the 229th man to represent Australia in one-day internationals. The adopted Queenslander received his cap from Steve Waugh a short while ago. Otherwise, two spinners in the same line-up is always notable for an Australian XI while Kane Richardson has been preferred to Josh Hazlewood among the pacemen.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (c), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Ashton Turner, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Adam Zampa
The weather in Mumbai is warm (28C) partly cloudy, with a northerly breeze coming through. Rain is not out of the question, but very unlikely indeed according to the forecast.
“Looks like a good wicket, and hopefully we’ll chase well,” says chipper skipper Aaron Finch.BCCI (@BCCI)
Australia wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st ODI against #TeamIndia at the Wankhede.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/4vhE55kafXJanuary 14, 2020
Hello everybody and welcome to live OBO coverage of the first ODI between India and Australia in Mumbai. The action gets underway at the Wankhede Stadium at 7pm AEST.
It’s the middle of January and the Sydney Test finished just over a week ago, so the Australian public can look forward to *checks notes* a three-match ODI overseas tour? That can’t be right, can it? But alas, in cricket’s new world order that’s how things roll, and the first of what Kurt Cobain might have called a radio friendly unit shifter - for all it’s shallow context - promises to be a belting contest between powerful sides.
For Australia it is a chance to build on a prosperous summer, one in which the pall of Cape Town has been removed emphatically with five thumping Test victories. It is their first ODI since suffering defeat in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, and the first step on the road to the 2023 World Cup - in India.
For the hosts it’s also an opportunity to put World Cup disappointment behind them and chip away at England’s lead on top of the ICC rankings. The formidable top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli love this match-up. Borrowing some numbers from ESPNCricinfo, since 2013, that trio have scored 58% of India’s runs against Australia. While in the 21 matches they have played against Australia, 14 of them have featured a century from at least one those batsmen.
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Updated at 2.29am EST
Original Link: The Guardian
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