India’s returns in first matches of last 5 ODI series

India have been winning consistently over the last few years, but they almost always start a bilateral ODI series on the wrong side of the line.

Lost by 8 wickets vs WI, Chennai

India were bowled out for 287 in the first ODI against West Indies despite 70s from ShreyasIyer and Rishabh Pant. In reply, West Indies overhauled the target in just 47.5 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

Shai Hope remained unbeaten on 102 off 151 deliveries while ShimronHetmyer blasted 139 off 106 balls to lead West Indies to a comfortable victory. However, India won the next two matches by 107 runs and 4 wickets respectively to clinch the series 2-1.

Lost by 10 wickets vs Aus, Mumbai

Next up, they faced Australia at home and were completely outplayed by the opposition. India were bowled out for 255 on the back of a 91-ball 74 from ShikharDhawan. Australia, in turn, chased down the target without breaking a sweat.

David Warner and Aaron Finch both struck centuries while remaining unbeaten. Warner scored 128 off 112 balls while Finch remained unbeaten on 110 off 114 balls. Australia smacked all those runs from just 37.4 overs to win by all 10 wickets.

As expected, India came back to win the next two matches by 36 runs and 7 wickets respectively to take the series 2-1.

Lost by 4 wickets vs NZ, Hamilton

India lost their first ODI of the five match series against New Zealand by 4 wickets. However, this time, there was no coming back as the team suffered losses by 22 runs and 5 wickets in the next two matches to suffer a clean sweep.

Lost by 66 runs vs Aus, Sydney

Right after the COVID-19 break, India took on Australia post the IPL. They lost the first match by 66 runs and the next one by 51 runs. Although they won the last match of the series by 13 runs, the series went to Australia.

Beat Eng by 66 runs, Pune

It was a rare occasion of India winning the first match of an ODI series of late as they beat England by a handsome margin of 66 runs in the first match of the recently concluded 3 match series between India and England played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune.

England won the second match by 6 wickets. India bounced back strongly in the third ODI to win the game by seven runs and take the series 2-1.

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