A sloppy start that even shocked Steve Smith was forgotten after Josh Hazlewood turned the screws for Australia in the first one-day international against India on Friday.
Defending a mammoth 6-374, the hosts threw away the scoreboard pressure early when India raced out to 0-46 after four overs.
Mitchell Starc’s first over did the damage, giving up 20 runs, and the runs continued to flow even after opener Mayank Agarwal was dismissed for 22 runs.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was in superb touch early and gained a life when he was dropped on one near the boundary by Australian teammate Adam Zampa.
“It’s gone a long way in the air, there’s a bit of breeze in the air. Night-time catches sometimes more difficult,” cricket great Mark Waugh said on Fox Sports.
“He just made a complete mess of that … he actually looked like he had it under control (but) right at the last second his body went backwards.”
Zampa was mocked by Indian fans behind the boundary, while spin king Shane Warne said he had no excuses despite Waugh’s early argument.
Kohli capitalised on his opportunity, quickly entering the 20s, but he was undone by his aggressive batting early in the chase.
Dancing down the pitch, he was caught at midwicket off a rising delivery from Josh Hazlewood.
“That’s such a shame for all cricket lovers because watching him bat for the rest of the night would have been good,” Warne said.
Kohli’s wicket was quickly followed up by Hazlewood, who dismissed Shreyas Iyer just two balls later to reduce India to 3-80 soon after they’d been cruising.
Australian star Steve Smith, who scored a century earlier in the day, said his side’s sloppy start caught him by surprise.
“The first two overs, jeez, I haven’t seen anything like that in a while,” he said after Kohli’s wicket.
“Not great bowling, some good batting, nice to have taken two wickets though.”
Two was soon three after Iyer fell, while Zampa made up for his dropped catch when he dismissed KL Rahul with his third ball of the day.