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  • Steve Smith kept Australia on course with a typically busy 98 before dragging the ball onto his stumps and the tourists were all out for 304 in the final over. The Indian top order had powered the hosts to 340-6 with opener Shikhar Dhawan (96) laying the foundation and KL Rahul providing the late assault with a whirlwind 80 at number five.

    Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both hit centuries to complement their bowlers' inspired display as the touring side handed out a 10-wicket thrashing to India in the opening one-day international on Tuesday.

    Chasing 256 for win, Finch (110 not out) and Warner (124 not out) took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners to register the emphatic win with 74 balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Earlier, Dhawan scored a fifty before Aussies pulled things back to bowl India out for 255 after being invited to bat. The 2nd ODI will be played in Rajkot on Friday.

    At a time when bilateral ODI series are fast losing relevance, the three-match rubber between two top teams could give a fresh lease of life to the format. The high-voltage rivalries that fans enjoy will be back as Rohit Sharma's elegance will be pitted against enforcer David Warner while the Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith duel will resume in earnest.

    The left-hander's strike rate in the shortest format has been an issue for a while and that is one thing he must address in the remaining two matches against Sri Lanka. The fact that Dhawan is coming back from an injury, one of the many he suffered in 2019, makes his task all the more challenging.

    Shikhar Dhawan silenced his critics, KL Rahul sizzled as usual and the trio of fast bowlers were intimidating in India's one-sided 78-run victory over Sri Lanka in the third T20 International on Friday, sealing the series 2-0.

    The hosts rode a 71-run opening stand between KL Rahul, who hit 45, and Shikhar Dhawan, who made 32, to chase down their target of 143 in 17.3 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the first match was rained off.

    Shikhar Dhawan, who will be leading Delhi in their Ranji Trophy game against Hyderabad, is back after recovering from a knee injury sustained during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which required 25 stitches.

    New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): Chief Selector of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) MSK Prasad, while talking about the team selection f...

    Kalra, whose age as per BCCI records is 20 years 351 days, last week played for Delhi U-23 against Bengal and scored 80. He was in line to replace senior opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Ranji squad but as it now stands, he will not play any further.

    Dhawan's knock would do a world of good to the confidence of a side which was going southwards, as he hit 19 fours and two sixes in his 198-ball innings. "It was more like English conditions. It's satisfying to score runs in these conditions. With experience you get idea of what shots to play on what kind of track.

    In T20s, India need players who can bat around Viratt Kohli and Rohit Sharma and play with more freedom. India won the first T20I despite hitting fewer boundaries than the West Indies, but just like Kohli’s special knock, that was an exception, not the rule. Which is why the West Indies might go into the decider in Mumbai as the slight favourites.

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