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India clinch comfortable five-wicket win over Australia


NL Corresspondent

After the openers handed a strong start to the chase, Adam Zampa brought Australia back into the game, removing both openers. Following Shubman Gill-Ruturaj Gaikwad's century stand, India lost wickets at the regular intervals as the visitors creeped back in.

Ishan Kishan was the fourth wicket as skipper Pat Cummins picked up his first of the night. Kishan departed for 18 off 26. This brought Suryakumar Yadav – who will be desperate to get some runs under his belt ahead of the ODI Cup. With six wickets in hand, India need 92 from 17 overs.

Indian openers put up a century opening stand, scoring 142 in 21.4 overs to hand the hosts a strong start to the chase.

With India cruising towards the target, Adam Zampa handed Australia the first breakthrough as Ruturaj Gaikwad fell after a strong knock of 71 off 77.

The wicket brought Shreyas Iyer to the crease. But with all eyes on Iyer, his stay at the crease was a short one as Iyer was run out for just 3 off 8.

Following India's strong start, Zampa brought the visitors back into the game as he accounted for both openers. Following Gaikwad's scalp, Zampa uprooted Gill's off-stump as the opener departed for 74 off 63.

India stayed in control in the first ODI of the three-match series, as 100 came up for the hosts in 15.2 overs against Australia. It's the fourth 100-run partnership for India in the last eight games. The pair handed the hosts a strong start to the chase as they scored in unison.

Shubman Gill brought up his half-century off 37 deliveries. Gill's fifty was studded with five boundaries and two sixes. The opener brought up his fifty in style as he hammered Matthew Short over long-off.

Gaikwad too brought up his half-century as the openers kept India on course for a comfortable win. Gaikwad brought up his fifty off 60 deliveries.

Needing 277 from 50 overs to draw first blood in the opening ODI of the three-match series, the Indian openers handed the KL Rahul-led side a strong start.

Shubman Gill (32n.o) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (32n.o) scored in tandem as India cruised to fifty. The half-century for the hosts came up in 8.4 overs. Gaikwad brought up the fifty for the side with a boundary past deep point.

The first ten overs was dominated by India with the home team reaching 66 for no loss in the first ten overs.

For Australia, Cameron Green – who has bowled just one over so far, leaked 12 runs. Marcus Stoinis has been expensive in his first two overs, leaking 18 runs.

Skipper Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott have been economical, but the visitors are still looking for their first wicket after ten overs.

Earlier, Mohammed Shami picked up a five-wicket haul as the visitors were restricted to 276 in 50 overs. David Warner top-scored for the side with a 53-ball 52.



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