David Warner and Aaron Finch have led Australia to their biggest ODI victory in India, whipping the hosts for 10 wickets in the first game of the series in Mumbai.
Warner and Finch scored centuries in the largest association against India in one-day cricket, as they easily pursued their goal of 255 with 12.2 overs to spare.
Warner finished with 128 of 112 balls, while Finch was undefeated with 110 of 114.
The result kept Australia’s undefeated summer alive, after having traveled six Twenty20 and five Tests at home.
But in a summer of maulings, this was close to the biggest.
After Mitchell Starc took three wickets and Pat Cummins played excellently 2-44, Warner and Finch made a show in the first of the three ODIs.
It was the fifth time in history that two Australian starters have scored centuries in the same game, and the team’s first wicket victory in India.
Finch started the fastest of the couple, as he pushed aside any width through the offside early, before his opening partner launched a brutal attack on the bowling players in India.
Warner hit 17 four and three six in his stroke, drawing his hundred in just 88 balls.
The left-hander was powerful throughout the field, drastically increasing the scoring index of a World Cup last year where he also hit three centuries.
It was his fifth triple-figure score of the summer, with his record in all formats now 1193 races at 170.42
Meanwhile, it marked the opening position of the fourth century between the couple in the last year, after they also destroyed the World Cup.
Finch took his century of 107 balls, with 12 of his 13 limits out of play, while also hit Kuldeep Yadav by a huge six over his head.
Starc had previously taken 3-56 for Australians with the ball, while Cummins was possibly his best bowler, since he took the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan by 75.
Dhawan had lived an enchanted life, with possibilities lost in one, 31 and 55, before being trapped on the deck as part of a collapse that derailed the entrances of India.
Adam Zampa (1-53) also caught and shot down Virat Kohli by 16, as India lost 4-30 after being in a dominant position 1-132 after 27 overs.
It was the sixth time in Zampa’s international race that he eliminated the Indian superstar by far his best record against any batter.
Kane Richardson also finished with 2-43 of 9.1 envelopes after being chosen ahead of Josh Hazlewood.
Marnus Labuschagne had the calmest possible debut, not required to hit or bowling in the victory.