Australia set India a meager target for victory

His absence on Friday was made up for by Marsh’s return from ankle surgery and the 31-year-old put India to the sword with a series of stunning blows.

Marsh reached his half-century in 51 balls and then upped the ante with the prospect of scoring his second ODI century.

But his good innings were wiped out by Jadeja, who tricked Marsh into throwing one big too many.

The resulting catch from Siraj on a short third man started a steady stream of wickets, with Shami Inglis and Green bowling to put the visitors behind.

Shubman Gill had to curse himself after dropping Green and Marcus Stoinis (5) in a slip.

However, he held on to his next chance to send Stoinis home and he managed a Ripper Diving catch to sack a scoreless Sean Abbott.

Adam Zampa was the last man out for a duck and the big meltdown put India in the front row.

The three-game series represents an important experimental phase for Australia as they prepare for this year’s World Cup in India.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey was late for the series opener due to illness, with Inglis as a substitute. Spinner Ashton Agar, who remained unused during the final four sets of Tests, missed again after being named 12th man.

India was without captain Rohit Sharma attending a wedding. Australia set India a meager target for victory

Ryan Sederquist

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