Australia defeated India by 34 runs in the 1st One-day International played in Sydney. After winning the toss, Australia elected to bat first and posted 288 for 5 on the board. In reply, India fell short of the target and managed to score 254 for 9 in their 50 overs. India had a poor start to their innings but later on, the big partnership between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni gave some hope to the Indian fans but India couldn’t manage to chase the target.
Peter Handscomb: The top scorer for Australia
Handscomb was the top run-getter for Australia as he scored 73 runs in just 61 balls. He started to attack the Indian bowlers in the last 10 overs of the innings along with Marcus Stoinis who scored 47 runs and they both steered Australia to 288 adding 93 runs in last 10 overs. Apart from this, half-centuries were scored by both Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh. The skipper Aaron Finch departed early for just 6 and he was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 2 wickets each for India. Ravindra Jadeja picked up the solitary and crucial wicket of Usman Khwaja through lbw just when he was looking well set. The Indians were very sloppy in the field and Rayudu dropped a catch of Handscomb too.
Dhoni reached the 10,000 run mark in ODIs
Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fifth Indian to reach the 10,000 run-mark in one-day internationals. The Ranchi batsman added another benchmark in his one-day record. Now, Dhoni has joined the elite list of the batsmen reaching 10,000 runs in ODI for India. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Virat Kohli are the ones who have reached this milestone For India. He is the 12th man in the world to enter the 10,000 run club.
Rohit’s hundred goes in vain
India didn’t have a good start as they lost 3 wickets for just 5 runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu both went for a duck. The Indian captain Virat Kohli just managed to score 3 runs and was dismissed by Jhye Richardson. Rohit Sharma and Dhoni shared a huge partnership before the latter was lbw by Jason Behrendorff and dismissed for 51 runs of 96 balls. Their partnership gave a ray of hope to the Indian fans. Rohit played a scintillating knock of 133 runs of just 129 deliveries but didn’t get support from the other end. He got caught while going for a big one at deep midwicket by Maxwell but it was an entertaining inning from the hitman. Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the series and India would be looking to bounce back in the second ODI.