Australia suffer defeat in first ODI against India as Mitch Marsh and Mitchell Starc star with bat and ball

India have overcome a scintillating spell from Mitchell Starc to a five-wicket win over Australia in the series-opening ODI clash in Mumbai.

Australia were eliminated on Friday at a paltry 188 in 35.4 overs after collapsing 8-59.

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Mitch Marsh hit the highest hit with 81 balls from 65, but the rest of the star-studded batting side failed to shoot.

In response, India were in all sorts of trouble at 4-39 and 5-83 after Starc (3-49) and Marcus Stoinis (2-27) broke through the top and middle rankings.

But a 108-run stand between KL Rahul (75 from 91) and Ravindra Jadeja (45 from 69) gave India a 61-ball victory.

The result gave India a 1-0 lead in the three-game series, with game two being played in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Mitch Marsh had the highest score with 81 points for Australia. Credit: Getty Images

“We didn’t expect that when we played, they’re usually pretty high scores here,” said Australia’s reserve captain Steve Smith after the game.

“I thought India bowled really well. We probably left a few out there.

“I think if we got up over 250 it could have been an interesting game.

“We were just one partnership away from them beating us and Jadeja and Rahul showed how it’s done.”

Chaos reigned early in the Indian innings as Starc worked his magic.

Stoinis batted in the second over to remove Ishan Kishan lbw for three.

But it was Starc’s brace in the fifth over that threatened to bring India to their knees.

The left-hander hit champion batter Virat Kohli (four) lbw with a pearl from a delivery.

On the next ball, Starc sent Suryakumar Yadav to pack in the same manner, reducing the home side to 3-16.

Rahul negotiated the hat-trick ball with a nice cover drive for a four, but Starc wasn’t done yet.

Shubman Gill (20) was on two when he was dropped out of the bowling by Starc by wicketkeeper Josh Inglis.

Mitchell Starc in full flight bowling against India. Credit: Getty Images

Starc eventually got his man, with Marnus Labuschagne making a sharp catch.

At this point, Starc had numbers ranging from 3-20.

When reserve skipper Hardik Pandya (25) hooked Stoinis at depth with Cameron Green, India was 5-83 and looking shaky.

But from there, Rahul and Jadeja took control of the game, with their enduring partnership ensuring India rode to victory.

Previously, Marsh cracked 10 fours and five sixes to create an excellent platform for Australia after sending the visitors batting.

But Marsh’s exit in the 20th over resulted in a stunning 8-59 collapse as Australia slipped from 2-129 to go all-out in 35.4 overs.

Josh Inglis (26), Steve Smith (22), Marnus Labuschagne (15) and Cameron Green (12) all started uncomfortably.

Glenn Maxwell, who is playing his first cap since breaking his left leg in November, has been out eight times after his attempt went awry.

Indian paceman Mohammed Shami was the main destroyer at 3-17 from six overs while Mohammed Siraj caught at 3-29.

Star all-rounder Jadeja won 2-46 and also managed a sharp dive catch to remove Labuschagne.

Veteran Australian opener David Warner, who sustained a hairline fracture in his elbow during the Test series, was ruled out of the ODI opener but is expected to play in games two and three.

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James Brien

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