India struggle at 104/4; lose Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Rayudu

India struggle at 104/4; lose Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Rayudu

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Replying to Autralia's 236, India got off to a bad start and now struggling at 104/4 in the first ODI against Australia in the first ODI against India at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.

India already lost four crucial wickets of Virat Kohli(44), Rohit Sharma(37) , Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Ambati Rayudu(13). Right now, wicket keeper Dhoni(7) and Kedar Jadhav(7) are trying to build a fifth wicket partnership.

Earlier, Australia made 236 for seven off in their 50 overs after winning the toss and elected to bat. Jasprit Bumrah concedes 10 runs in the last over with Alex Carey managed to strike two consecutive boundaries to help the visitors reach a respectable total.

Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell scored half-century and 40 runs respectively . For India, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets each by giving 44 and 46 runs respectively.

Australian Captain Finch, who continued with poor form, was out for duck and ninth in his career and unfortunately for him, his not opening account today has come in his 100th ODI. Since India’s tour of Australia, Finch has scored 186 runs in 15 innings across format.

India skipper Virat Kohli said during the toss that they wanted to bowl first so nothing changes for them. Kohli also revealed during the toss that India have included all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in place of Yuzvendra Chahal in the line-up.

Australia have won both of their previous encounters at the venue and their unbeaten record can be a cause of concern for the Indian cricket team. The visiting side won their first match in 2007 by 47 runs and two years later, Shaun Marsh scored a brilliant century to guide Australia to a narrow three run victory.

The Indian cricket team will be looking to bounce back after losing the T20I series. This will be the last ODI series for the hosts before the World Cup and they will be looking to fine tune their squad ahead of the major tournament.

Earlier this year, India capped their memorable tour of Australia, where they registered their first ever test series victory Down Under, by claiming the three-match ODI series 2-1 in January. (UNI)