India started the game on the front foot with Jasprit Bumrah getting rid of the dangerous Mitchell Marsh in the third over itself. Veteran batters David Warner and Steve Smith stitched a 69-run stand to bring the Aussie back in the game.The partnership also saw Warner become the fastest batter to score 1,000 runs in the ODI World Cup.
However, Kuldeep Yadav provided India with the all-important wicket of Warner, after scoring 41 runs off 52 balls. Steve Smith also missed out on his half-century as Ravindra Jadeja cleaned him up in the 28th over. Jadeja piled further misery on the Aussies, dismissed Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey in the same over.
Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green were looking to form a cautious partnership in the middle overs but Kuldeep struck once more to clean up Maxwell, with Ravichandran Ahswin joining the party to send Cameron Green back to the pavilion, leaving Australia reeling at 140 for 7 after 36.2 overs.
India’s spin department was fabulous on the day, claiming 6 wickets and giving away just 104 runs in 30 overs.
However, Australia did a good job to drag their total close to the 200-run mark with Mitchell Starc playing a crucial knock of 28 runs off 35 balls.