Finch struggles in Australia defeat

03 March 2019 06:28:41 EST

Australia saw captain Aaron Finch's poor form continue as they lost their opening ODI against India by six wickets in Hyderabad.

Finch was out for a third-ball duck in a defeat that leaves the defending World Cup winners with just four wins from their past 25 one-dayers.

You always feel like we're in the game then a wicket falls at the wrong time.

Nathan Coulter-Nile

He was dismissed edging to the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world Jasprit Bumrah, and has now played 20 consecutive limited-overs innings for Australia without reaching 50.

The tourists set India a modest target of 237 and then saw MS Dhoni hit a match-winning score.

India were in some trouble at 99-4 after losing superstars Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

They were indebted to Dhoni, who finished 59 not out, and Kedar Jadhav who made an unbeaten 81 to clinch the opener in the five-match series.

The pair combined in an unbeaten 141-run stand as Dhoni, playing his 527th international match, made it four consecutive half-centuries against Australia in the 50-over format.

Australia recovered after Finch's departure, with Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja - who top-scored with 50 - steering them to 87-1 after 20 overs.

India then reduced them to 173-6, prompting Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile to adopt a conservative approach as they put on 62 runs during the final 10 overs.

Coulter-Nile said: "You always feel like we're in the game then a wicket falls at the wrong time. It will click; hopefully it clicks before the next 20 one-day internationals.

"It was probably a 250 wicket ... I found it really hard actually (to bat on)."

Australia are 7/4 to win the second ODI against India, who are 4/9.

Australia are 4/1 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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