Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a gritty half-century and put on 121 runs for the second wicket with KL Rahul (47) before Australia pulled things back in the first ODI at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The Australian pacers bowled India out for 255 runs in 49.1 overs.
After the fall of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals as none of the batsmen got going. Mitchell Starc who got his first ODI wicket on Indian soil was the pick of the bowlers as he returned figures of 3/56 from his 10 overs.
India lost Rohit Sharma (10) early in the innings, but not before the opener had crossed the 1,000 run mark against Australia at home in ODIs. He became the fastest batsman to reach the mark as he took only 18 innings to get there.
All-rounder Kane Richardson and IPL’s most expensive foreign player Pat Cummins claimed two wickets apiece to complete the dominance by Australian bowlers.
Dhawan showed his class and played all kinds of shots to register his fifty in 66 balls and looked in great touch during his stay at the crease. In the middle overs, Rishabh Pant (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) got the starts but couldn’t capitalise on it as the lower order was choked by the visiting bowlers.
India 255/10 in 49.1 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 74, KL Rahul 47, M Starc 3/56)