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Unwanted record for Virat Kohli against Australia

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to register a 10-wicket loss against Australia in ODIs.

Virat Kohli registered an unwanted record as a captain. Australia hammered India by 10-wickets in the first ODI on Tuesday. Due to this defeat, Virat became the first Indian captain to register a 10-wicket loss against Australia. Looking back, India has suffered 10-wicket defeats 4 times in the past in ODIs. These have come against New Zealand (1981), West Indies (1997), South Africa (2000 and 2005). 

As a result of the loss, India also conceded a 0-1 lead in the three-match series. However, India has an opportunity to level the series at Rajkot in the second ODI. 

Australia captain Aaron Finch and David Warner smashed unbeaten match-winning centuries. Therefore, they recorded the highest opening partnership for Australia as they chased down 256 runs. It was a mighty victory for Australia as they won by 10-wickets and also 12.2 overs to spare. 

Unwanted record for Virat Kohli against Australia
Australian captain Aaron Finch and David Warner

India displayed a poor batting performance after losing the toss. Firstly, they lost opener Rohit Sharma early. Secondly, the middle and lower order failed to capitalize on the platform set by Rahul and Dhawan. After losing Rohit early, Rahul and Dhawan led India’s fightback. Dhawan scored 74 while Rahul scored 47. The move to bat at No.4 as well did not seem to work for Virat Kohli. He was dismissed for just 16 runs off Adam Zampa. Shreyas Iyer soon followed as the Indian innings collapsed. However, contributions from Pant(28) and Jadeja(25) helped India cross the 250 mark, which seemed out of reach at one stage. 

The pressure will now be on India to make a comeback in the second ODI. Due to this, we might see a change in the playing XI. The series will conclude as the final ODI shall be played in Bengaluru on 19th. 

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