WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 12, 2019, 04.07 PM
Australia defeated India in the first one-day match of a three-match series by 34 runs at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
After winning the toss, Australian skipper Aaron Finch elected to bat and piled up a 288-run target for team India.
Chasing the massive total, India lost three quick wickets within five overs and opener Shikhar Dhawan along with skipper Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were sent back to the pavilion by Australia pace attack.
Rohit Sharma, who found a determined ally in former skipper MS Dhoni, blasted 133 off 129 balls in a brave effort to keep India in the contest while playing under pressure.
While his career's 22nd ODI century went in vain as India ended up losing at SCG.
For Australia, pacer Jhye Richardson, who took four for 26 for Australia, was given the player of the match.
"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. As a bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and research, being professional out there," said Richardson.
Three of India's top four batsmen could not reach double-digit and lasted a mere 11 balls.
Debutant Jason Behrendorff broke the partnership by sending back Dhoni, who became only the fifth Indian batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODI cricket during the course of his knock that came off 96 balls.
Dhoni, who has been criticised for his poor batting form, hit a half-century.
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While speaking at the presentation ceremony, Virat said, "We are not very pleased with the way we played. I think it was a 300+ wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable."
He praised Rohit Sharma's effort, saying, "Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well. They took the game deep, MS got out at the wrong time. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close."
The Australians have won just three of their last 24 ODIs.
In the first innings, Peter Handscomb top-scored with 73 off 61 balls. Three batsmen reached half-centuries but Handscomb, passed over this week by selectors for this month's two Tests against Sri Lanka, led the board with six fours and two sixes.
Shaun Marsh knocked up 54 off 70 balls while Usman Khawaja made 59 from 81.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis contributed an unbeaten 47 off 43 balls with two fours and two sixes, while limited-over specialist Glenn Maxwell finished 11 off just five balls.
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with two for 59 and wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed two for 54.
Skipper Aaron Finch fell for six in the third over when he was bowled by Kumar for the paceman's 100th ODI wicket.
Alex Carey fell in Kuldeep's first over when he attempted to cut the leg-spinner, only to get an outside edge to Rohit Sharma at slip for 24 off 31 balls.