End of OVER 6: 2 runs off Cummins over.
OVERS 5.5: REVIEW! A loud lbw appeal from Cummins against Dhawan. Umpire says NOT OUT. Finch discussing with Cummins and asks for a review. The ball pitching outside the line. It’s NOT OUT. Dhawan survives.
OVERS 5.1: Oh boy! India almost lost Dhawan. Dhawan plays an upper cut and the ball falls short of Adam Zampa at third man. Cummins isn’t happy with this.
Cummins start his third over.
End of OVER 5: 4 runs and a wicket off Starc’s over. India 17/1
OVERS 4.6: FOUR! KL Rahul opens his account with a superb boundary towards fine leg.
OVERS 4.3: WICKET! Mitchell Starc draws first blood. The Australian star pacer ends Rohit Sharma’s vigil with a fuller. Rohit tries to loft but finds David Warner at mid off. Big wicket for Australia.
OVERS 4.1: Rohit tries to attack but the ball goes off the pads. Good carry by Australia stumper Alex Carey.
Starc starts his third over.
End of OVER 4: Maiden over from Pat Cummins.
STAT ATTACK: In 10 ODI innings since the start of 2019, Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by left-arm pacers on eight times.
End of OVER 3: After an expensive opening over (8 runs), Starc concedes just 2 in his second over.
Starc starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: Brilliant over from Cummins. Just 3 runs off it.
OVERS 1.2: Dhawan cuts the ball towards third man and takes a single. Rohit is on strike now.
Pat Cummins comes into the attack
End of OVER 1: 8 runs off Starc’s over. Rohit 8*, Dhawan 0*. India 8/0
OVER 0.5: FOUR! Absolutely glorious shot from Rohit. He swings his bat and sends the ball towards deep extra cover region.
OVER 0.1: FOUR! What a way to get off the mark. Rohit sends Starc through covers for a boundary.
India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are in the middle. Mitchell Starc will open the attack for Australia.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
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Virat Kohli (INDIA):
We would have fielded first as well. It is a good challenge for us. Pretty happy to be batting first. We are pretty happy with the toss. At home, I don’t think anyone else challenged so much. They won last time. Quality sides will challenge you everywhere. We are very excited.
Aaron Finch (AUSTRALIA):
We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a reasonably good wicket. Hopefully, there will be some dew later. The feeling is very good. Lot of guys have been playing Tests and BBL. The guys are pretty confident. I think the guys that have come in, have done well. We are going with two spinners.
UPDATE: India are going with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.
UPDATE: Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey are not in the playing XI.
TOSS: Australia captain Aaron Finch wins toss, opts to field at Wankhede
Australia wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st ODI against #TeamIndia at the Wankhede. #INDvAUS https://t.co/4vhE55kafX
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Both captains Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch are in the middle for the toss.
UPDATE: Marnus Labuschagne to make his ODI debut today.
JUST IN: Marnus Labuschagne to make his ODI debut today against India. He becomes Australian ODI player No.229. #INDvAUS
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India will have to make a difficult choice between KL Rahul’s consistency and Shikhar Dhawan’s experience when they take on a formidable and full-strength Australia in the first ODI of a three-match series .
At a time when bilateral ODI series are fast losing relevance, the three-match rubber between two top teams could give a fresh lease of life to the format.
The high-voltage rivalries that fans enjoy will be back as Rohit Sharma’s elegance will be pitted against enforcer David Warner while the Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith duel will resume in earnest.
India’s hungry-for-wickets pace attack led by Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini is ready to test the Australians with subtle variations.
On the other hand, IPL’s costliest foreign recruit Pat Cummins, the crafty Kane Richardson and the ever-dependable Mitchell Starc will leave no stone unturned to make life uncomfortable for Kohli and his men.
Alex Carey’s gutsy batting and faultless glove-work will face the challenge of Rishabh Pant’s flair.
The young Marnus Labuschagne, easily the most exciting talent spreading his wings on the international cricket map with some stellar performances in the Test arena, would like to replicate his form in the shorter formats.
For India though, the main cause of concern will be the choice between Dhawan and Rahul.
If current form is an indicator, Rahul is miles ahead to partner Rohit Sharma at the top of the order but Dhawan has had a phenomenal record in white ball cricket against the Aussies.
In fact, in their last meeting in the ODI World Cup, it was Dhawan’s superb hundred that paved the way for an easy victory for the Indians. But that was a good seven months back and Dhawan, since then, endured a spate of injuries. He also lost form only to regain a bit of it by scoring a half-century in the final T20 against Sri Lanka.
In the World Cup, till Dhawan was around, KL Rahul batted at No.4 as a stop-gap solution but with Shreyas Iyer making the slot his own with a string of good scores, it will either be Dhawan or Rahul in the playing XI at the Wankhede.
The Wankhede track is usually a belter and India will certainly not go with two wrist spinners considering the fate they met during the last home series in March, which India lost 2-3.
Kuldeep Yadav, who has a hat-trick against Australia, is likely to be preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal.
There is a strong possibility that this will be Kedar Jadhav’s last ODI series for India unless the pint-sized Pune right-hander does something extra special.