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Update - 42/1 after 10
India really struggled at the start but are making amends now. Kohli is growing in confidence. He just played a terrific pull against Cummins to fetch the first six of the innings. Rohit has had a mixed bag. He has played some delightful shots but at the same time, the ball has gone past his outside edge on countless occasions.
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Rohit Sharma hit his first ball for a boundary but Dhawan at the other end drives one loosely to point where Maxwell takes a simple catch. He can only afford a smile. Coulter-Nile strikes early.
Carey appeared to be struggling at the start but he fetched much-needed boundaries to drag Australia to 236. It appeared at one stage that they would struggle to get to 220. This total isn't going to be enough though against this intimidating Indian lineup. But a few early wickets can put the middle order under pressure. Bumrah had an off day conceding 60 runs but Shami and Kuldeep had excellent outings with the ball.
Boundaries dried up
One would expect that when you lose six wickets with the sixth being Maxwell. Australia need something special in the final five overs to get to 240. But Bumrah will bowl three out of it. No respite I would say.
India on top
Australia are in tatters now! Shami bowled one straight on the offstump and Maxwell misses it completely while trying to flick it. That was bizarre considering the form he has been in. But Shami once again has an impressive outing. Australia are 173/6 after 40 overs. It's a matter of batting out these last ten overs to add at least 45-50 runs to the total.
And then Shami gets him
Shami gets his reward as the bails take a hit. Turner, who had struck a sweet six earlier in his innings, probably expected the ball to bounce higher but it knocks off the bails. Australia will be disappointed. Their batsmen are getting starts but not kicking on.
Maxwell is the key
So Australia are 155 for 4 after 35 overs. Maxwell once again is the key here. He has looked very fluent right from the outset and India will have to get rid of him to restrict Australia to anything less than 220-230. If he bats another 10 overs, Australia will be confident of 260.
Superb delivery! Handscomb was looking good in his short stay, appearing to be assured but Kuldeep outfoxes him. That was a superb delivery, tempting the batsmen forward and then it turns back in for Dhoni to collect and complete the stumping. This partnership was looking good but Kuldeep has applied the brakes. The onus is on Maxwell to bat deep.
Bumrah finds the outside edge and Rohit Sharma at first slip was quite late to react to it. The ball flies to the boundary. Reprieve for Maxwell. Australia needed it too.
I may have well jinxed Australia again. Khawaja knows he has to get moving and he steps down the track to hit Kuldeep over midwicket. He made good connection but not enough to clear the boundary. Vijay Shankar takes a very good running catch. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in and Australia should be really careful here. They cannot afford a collapse in the middle overs.
50 for Usman
He has taken 74 balls to reach his 50, but Khawaja has chipped in when his side needed him the most. The key is to however find some quick boundaries. Australia's run rate is hovering just over four and that's not enough.
He is gone
Just as I finished typing that, Jadhav bowls one short and Stoinis cannot believe he hit it straight to the short midwicket fielder. Kohli takes a neat catch and Stoinis departs for a 53-ball 37.
Update - 87/1 after 20 overs
Pretty good recovery for Australia after India's new ball bowlers strangled them but it's time to get a move on. The ball is turning at times so it isn't going to be easy but with nine wickets left and two well set batsmen in the crease, Stoinis and Khawaja will have to go after the spinners.
Vijay is the target
Vijay Shankar for some reason has been bowling short. Initially he was bowling wide too and got hit for a couple of boundaries. He then straightens his line to get pulled for another boundary. When he bowled full, Stoinis drove him down the ground. He has leaked 21 runs in three overs and India might be tempted to bring on Jadeja soon now. Australia need these overs though to push that scoring rate. They are 59/1 after 13.
Powerplay to India
Mohammad Shami bowled four overs and conceded just six runs. Jasprit Bumrah posed lot of questions on a track that had some spice in it. India have also introduced Vijay Shankar and Kuldeep Yadav. Stoinis and Khawaja will look to target these two now since only 38 runs have been scored.
Finch's misery continues
Bumrah is on the move right from the outset. He strikes in his first over. Aaron Finch's misery continues. This could be a huge problem for Australia heading into the World Cup since Finch is also the skipper. He badly needs runs and now Bumrah makes him play by bowling a superb delivery just marginally outside off. Finch nicks it behind. Australia are 0/1 in 1.3 overs.
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Toss - Australia opt to bat
Ashley Turner will be making his debut for Australia. Usman Khawaja is included as well. For India, they haven't included Rishabh Pant but Ravindra Jadeja gets a game ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal. With Bhuvneshwar not included for the first two ODIs, Shami gets into the XI. Vijay Shankar gets a go as well. Australia want to bat first in these hot conditions.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
India and Australia, the last two World Champions, are all set to meet for the 24474635th time in the last four months. Despite the familiarity, this is going to be one massive series for both these sides. At least Australia will have five more ODIs after this series to fine-tune their World Cup plans but for India, this is their last ODI assignment before the mega event in England. Their 15 is almost settled but two or three spots could well be finalised by the end of this series. Both teams will be keen on finding some answers.
Can Mohammad Shami usurp Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India's second seamer behind Jasprit Bumrah? Can Rishabh Pant make use of this opportunity to become India's second-choice wicketkeeper for the World Cup ahead of Dinesh Karthik, who strangely has been left out for this series? How about Vijay Shankar? He was nowhere to be seen in the ODI picture but suddenly, he is in the mix to make it to the final 15. For Australia, Glenn Maxwell has made a case to bat higher up the order and there is now a three-horse race for the fourth seamer's slot.
Despite these questions, Virat Kohli has made it very clear that winning the series is the team's top priority. Australia did shock them to an extent in the T20Is by defeating India in both the games. Maxwell proved to be the difference and it will be interesting to see if he can carry forward that form into the 50-over format. Will Kohli be given a go at No.4 like Ravi Shastri had mentioned not so long ago? The thinktank is considering splitting the top 3 and will they be fine doing it directly at the World Cup? That will be a very bold move. We will find out soon. Welcome to the live blog for this opening ODI in Hyderabad.
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