Hosts Australia delivered a clinical performance to beat India in the opening one-day game of the series played at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Despite Rohit Sharma’s defiant knock, Australia managed to win the game by 34 runs and take 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.
In pursuit of 289 runs, India got off to worse possible start as left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for a first-ball duck. Pace bowler Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in a space of few deliveries to see India reeling at 4 for 3 after 3.5 overs. MS Dhoni came to the crease to join Rohit Sharma. The duo was able to revive India’s innings and keep them alive in the contest. Dhoni added 137-run partnership with Sharma to see India get back into the game.
Rohit Sharma was not able to score freely as Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff bowled probing lengths in the initial over of the innings. India were comfortably placed at 141 for 3 after 32 overs. Aaron Finch brought Jason Behrendorff into the attack and it proved to be a masterstroke as left-arm seamer dismissed Dhoni to turn the tide in favor of Australia.
Richardson came back for his second spell and dismissed Dinesh Karthik, who dragged the ball onto his stumps. Rohit Sharma decided to shift gears and smashed veteran pacer Peter Siddle for three boundaries in one over to bring up his 22nd ton in limited-overs cricket.
Sharma continued to score quickly but found no support at the other end as India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sharma scored 133 runs off 129 balls with the help of ten fours and six sixes. In the end, India only managed to score 254 for 9 from their 50 overs.
For Australia, Pace bowler Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. Jason Behrendorff also produced a tidy performance with the ball in hand and picked up big wickets of MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan.
Richardson, Handscomb shine as Australia beat India in the opening game of the one-day series
Earlier in the game, Aaron Finch won the toss for Australia and decided to bat first. Australia lost Finch early in the innings. Alex Carey also fell in the ninth over of the innings to see Australia placed at a precarious position in the game.
Usman Khuwaja and Shaun Marsh produced crucial half-centuries to see the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Peter Handscomb also played a majestic innings of 73 runs off 61 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis went berserk in the final over of the innings to see Australia post 288 for 5 from their 50 overs.
In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets to his name. Mohammad Shami and Ravendra Jadeja produced good performances
The second game of the one-day series will be played on Tuesday at Adelaide Oval.