Richardson's 4-wicket haul to Dhoni's comeback: Major takeaways from 1st India vs Australia ODI

 | Updated: Jan 12, 2019, 09:40 PM IST

Australia defeated India in the first one-day match of a three-match series.  Aussies made 288 for five off their 50 overs after winning the toss and restricted India to 254 for nine. 


The Australia team donned the retro green and gold kits, similar to the one that Allan Border's side wore in 1986.

The kit has been selected for the three-game ODI series and it became the centre of attraction as it reminded the cricket fans of the golden memories from the past. 

According to Cricket Australia, pacer Peter Siddle was one year old when the kits were worn last time. 

While speaking to, Siddle said that everyone in the team is very excited, when they found out that they will be wearing the retro kits. 



Australia defeated India in the first one-day match of a three-match series. Aussiess made 288 for five off their 50 overs after winning the toss and restricted India to 254 for nine. 

It was a tonic for the ailing Australians, coming off their first-ever home Test series defeat to Virat Kohli's India and after winning just three of their previous 24 ODIs.  

It was also their 1,000th victory in international cricket. 



In the first ODI against India, pacer Jhye Richardson took four for 26 that helped the team to register a comprehensive win. 

For his crucial contribution, he was given the player of the match award. 

While collecting the award, Richardson said, "Credit to India as they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs."

"I am very happy to get (Kohli's) wicket, I'll treasure it for a while but more than that, I'm happy with the win."


Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma blasted 133 off 129 balls in a brave effort to keep India in the contest when the team kept losing wickets from the other end. It was his career's 22nd ODI century. 

He partnered with former World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni to put on 137 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise India's rocky start. 

Sharma kept India in the contest with some prodigious hitting, blasting six sixes and 10 fours. 

But his mighty knock came to an end when he skied Marcus Stoinis to Glenn Maxwell at deep mid-wicket to end India's remaining hopes. 


MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the fifth Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in one-day cricket. 

Dhoni achieved this feat while playing at Sydney Cricket Ground against Australian on Saturday in the first ODI of a three-match series. 

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli had scored 10,000 ODI runs for India. 

Overall, Dhoni is the 12th player in the history of ODI cricket to reach the 10,000-run club. 


Jason Behrendorff

The Dhoni-Rohit partnership was ended by debutant Jason Behrendorff. 

In his 10-over spell, Behrendorff took two crucial wickets and gave 39 runs. 

He will be a key element for the Australian team in this series. 



The hosts now lead the three-match ODI series 1-0  but the team management was accused of poor selection by former cricketers. 

All thanks to a collective batting effort by their middle-order batsmen, especially Peter Handscomb, who switched gears in time to steer his side to 288 for five with his 73-run knock. 

Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis (47 not out) grabbed the momentum with their 68-run stand for the fifth wicket as Australia scored 93 runs in the last 10 overs. 

Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) also scored half-centuries for the hosts who lost skipper Aaron Finch (6) in a slow start after electing to bat. 

Young paceman Jhye Richardson (4/26) rocked the Indian middle order by dismissing India skipper Virat Kohli (3) and Ambati Rayudu (0) in space of three balls and later added wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja in a career-best performance. 

First, Behrendorff (2-39) trapped Shikhar Dhawan lbw for a first-ball duck before Richardson swung into action. Kohli was caught at short square leg, and then two balls later Rayudu (0) was trapped plumb lbw, as the Indian top-order was destroyed.