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India vs Australia, 1st ODI live cricket score in Hyderabad: Virat Kohli and Co look for winning start to series

Preview: The importance of the one-day series against Australia beginning on Saturday is not lost on Virat Kohli’s India as they gauge their World Cup preparations against the reigning champions in their final series before the showpiece event. India capped their memorable tour of Australia, where they registered their first ever Test series victory Down Under, by claiming the three-match ODI series 2-1 in January. Chief selector M.S.K. Prasad told reporters last month that most of the players in the current India side pick themselves and it was a matter of finalising a couple of slots before the World Cup in England and Wales.((Full Scorecard))

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Australia’s concerns

Australia play an ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month but coach Justin Langer will hope the series against world number two India will provide answers to many questions.

Aaron Finch’s lack of form at the top of the batting order has been a concern for a team who eagerly await the return of Steve Smith and David Warner from ball-tampering suspensions which expire at the end of the month.

Praise for spin duo

Virat Kohli hailed Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the world’s “strongest spin bowling partnership”, underlining that the duo are central to India’s plans for the World Cup.

The lavish praise comes ahead of the five match one-day series against Australia which will be the final opportunity for the world number two side to get their combinations right and firm up their favourites’ tag.

Australia’s good record in Hyderabad

Australia have won both of their previous encounters at the venue and their unbeaten record can be a cause of concern for the Indian cricket team. The visiting side won their first match in 2007 by 47 runs and two years later, Shaun Marsh scored a brilliant century to guide Australia to a narrow three run victory.

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the first ODI of the five-match series between India and Australia. The visitors won the T20I series 2-0 and Kohli and Co will now look to hit back in their final international series before the all-important World Cup in UK later this year.

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