The Australians have defeated the mighty Indians in the opening game of the three-match ODI series by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
After scoring 99 runs in the first 25 overs, the pair of Rohit Sharma and former Indian captain MS Dhoni took the Indian inning forward. A special inning was needed from both the players if India had to win the crucial match.
They succeeded in doing so for a while as both the batsmen completed their half-centuries to take their team over the 140-run mark. Dhoni, who was a part of the playing XI in the shorter format after 2 months, played a crucial knock of 51 before getting dismissed by left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff.
It was full and at the stumps and MS Dhoni missed the flick. The only debate was regarding the pitch of the delivery and the umpire did not have much to think there.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a crucial knock of 51 off 96 balls, hitting three boundaries and one six.
On the other hand, Rohit was continuing in his full flow and runs were coming off his bat really smoothly. As soon as he crossed the 50-run mark, he accelerated his gear and started to take the bowlers head-on.
Another wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik came at the crease and had the responsibility of taking the Men in Blue to the target. But Jhye Richardson, who has been a revelation for the Australians in the match, picked up his third wicket of the match by dismissing Karthik at the score of 12.
Richardson read DK’s instincts and pulled his length back while offering little room for the batsman. DK was on the hustle and he went through the shot a bit too early. Eked a thick inside edge and that made an absolute mess of the stumps behind.
The man from Mumbai, Rohit Sharma, completed his 22nd century by taking two runs and played one of the best knocks of his life. But his knock went in vain as India could not reach the winning target and lost the match by
Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been the pick of the bowlers for the Australians as he picked up 4 wickets in his 10 overs and gave away just 26 runs. Jason Behrendorff took 2 wickets and Marcus Stoinis chipped in with one wicket.
Earlier, while batting first Australia posted a total of 288 in their allotted 50 overs. With the help of half-centuries by Peter Handscomb (73), Usman Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54) and some late-heroics by Marcus Stoinis (47) at the end took the Kangaroos to a respectable total.
Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 2 wickets each while Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in one wicket.
Chasing 289, the Virat Kohli-led side started on a disastrous note as they lost three wickets in the first five overs of the Indian innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu could not even open their account while Virat Kohli could only score 3 runs in the match.
The Aussies have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by winning the opening encounter of the series. This win will be a huge confidence booster for the Kangaroos as they have given a good all-round performance in the match.
BRIEF SCORE –
AUSTRALIA 288 (Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59; Kuldeep Yadav 2/54) beat INDIA 254 (Rohit Sharma 133, MS Dhoni 51; 4/26) by 34 runs.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar