Australia's coach Justin Langer has backed Finch - who will play his 100th ODI - to soon find form again after recent lean spell was extended in the T20I series win. All eyes will also be on Pant, who hasn't exactly been consistent in the shorter formats but such is his talent and ability to win matches singlehandedly that the team management may give him a few more matches before taking a final call.
The prospect of Finch missing the cut was unthinkable when he was appointed limited-overs captain in 2018, the same year he was Australia's leading ODI run-scorer with 493, and he has been a major part of World Cup planning. However, India had slumped to 99/4 at one time losing three quick wickets including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Australia chose to review the original not-out decision and were rewarded with the prized wicket of Kohli. You have experience with MS and flair with Kedar. Jadhav scored 87-ball 81, while Dhoni hit 72-ball 59 to take India to a fantastic victory.
Earlier, Australia skipper Aaron Finch, playing his 100th ODI for Australia, was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (2 for 60) for a three-ball duck. Australians lost 1 wicket at 0 before Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis took the control and helped Australia with a steady start. Handscomb stepped out against Kuldeep and missed the ball completely before getting stumped by Dhoni for 19 runs in the 30th over. Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Turner was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami. The 37-year old Dhoni reached the milestone as he smashed Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile for a mighty hit over long on in the 38th over of Indian innings.
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After a good show by the bowlers, India needed just 237 for victory in the series opener. "I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis", Kohli was quoted as saying.
Kohli's side will now head into the second ODI against Australia on March 5 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Maharashtra.