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India beat Australia in first ODI to top ICC rankings across formats

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Hosts India on Friday became the number one ODI side after beating Australia in the opening game of the three-match series. 

India had headed into the ODI series against Australia on the back of their Asia Cup 2023 win.

It was Australia’s fourth consecutive ODI. They headed in the series on the back of 2-3 series defeat to hosts South Africa.

The visitors, sent to bat first, scored 276 in their 50 overs. Opener David Warner helped the cause with his half-centuries.

He top-scored with 52 off 53 balls with six boundaries and two maximums to his name.

Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis and Steve Smith – who returned to the side after recovering from wrist injury – scored 45 and 41 respectively. 

Mohammed Shami was the pick of the pacers with his superb figures of 5-51 in 10 overs.

India successfully chased the 277-run target in 48.4 overs. Opener Shubman Gill top-scored 74 from 63 balls with six fours and two maximums. 

His opening partner scored 10 boundaries on his way to 77-ball 71.

They put on a 142-run opening partnership.

KL Rahul went unbeaten at 58 off 63 deliveries with four boundaries and a maximum to his name, while Suryakumar Yadav hit five fours and a maximum on his way to 49-ball 50. 

Australia spinner Adam Zampa bagged two wickets.

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