Australia have beaten India and the clock after a monotonous conclusion to the first one-day international at the SCG on Friday.
But the victory has been soured by an injury that threatens to knock power-hitter Marcus Stoinis out of the three-match series.
In a contest that came to a close roughly an hour after its expected finish, India fell 66 runs short of Australia’s 6-374 set earlier in the day.
Adam Zampa led the hosts’ defence with four wickets after Josh Hazlewood did the early damage against India’s top order, taking three wickets.
India’s slow-moving chase, which risked pushing the game up against the SCG’s curfew, came after they took more than four overs to bowl their 50 overs.
The glacial pace of the match baffled Australian cricket great Shane Warne, who called on cricket officials to speed up the game.
“Over rates in all formats are at an all-time low, I reckon,” he said on Fox Sports during the 42nd over.
“It’s something they really have to come down hard on. A one-day game should be finished 10 past 10 and it’s now 20 to 11 local time.
“They’re now half an hour over and there’s still eight overs to go.
“India took four hours and six minutes to bowl their 50 overs. I think you’re allowed three and a half hours. Four hours and six minutes!”
Australia were only marginally quicker in defending their total, taking a shade under four hours to complete the victory.
“Over rates in international cricket need to be improved, no question,” Australian great Jason Gillespie said during the match.
Meanwhile, young gun Cameron Green could debut in the second match of the series on Sunday after Stoinis hurt his side while bowling on Friday night.
Stoinis appeared to be in serious discomfort after delivering the second ball of his seventh over.
The 31-year-old trudged off the field for treatment and will soon have scans of his side.
Team management described Stoinis’ withdrawal from the action as precautionary but the short turnaround before the second ODI means he could be an enforced omission.
Green and veteran allrounder Moises Henriques would be the leading candidates to replace Stoinis in the XI, although selectors may opt to bolster their attack by calling up bowling allrounder Sean Abbott.
Warne said Australia’s decision will rest on whether the selectors feel the need to replace Stoinis with a like-for-like player or take a different path.
“Marcus Stoinis got out first ball today. I think Cameron Green will come in if they want to strengthen their batting,” he said.
“If they don’t and it’s a used wicket and they think it might spin a bit more, I think (Ashton) Agar might come in and everyone will just bat up one spot.
“Sean Abbott, I’d like to see him get a game, (and) I think Moises Henriques is the last preference.”
Former selector Mark Waugh said he would hand an international debut to Green.
The uncapped 21-year-old only recently returned to the bowling crease, having played as a batsman for most of the past year while recovering from a back stress fracture, but has made a big impression on coach Justin Langer.
Rust was the order of the day in the field after India and some Australian cricketers only recently exited managed quarantine.
But despite a number of issues in the field robbing India of wickets and allowing the hosts to build their mammoth total, touring captain Virat Kohli said his team’s mindset was to blame – not their build-up.
“I think we got enough time to prepare, I don’t think there are any excuses on the field,” he said.
“I think everyone needs to show that intent on the field throughout the 50 overs. It’s probably the first long game we’ve played in a while so that can have an effect on the guys in the field.
“It’s not something we don’t know how to do so I think the body language in the field after about 25 overs wasn’t that great, that was the most disappointing part.”
– with Rob Forsaith, AAP