Sydney, Jan 12: A clinical effort from batsman followed by a superb spell of pace bowling from Jhye Richardson helped Australia beat India by 34 runs in the first one-day international here on Saturday (January 12). With this win Australia have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Chasing a tough total of 289, India could only muster 253/9 in the stipulated 50 overs as Rohit Sharma's masterful knock of 133 went in vain. Rohit and MS Dhoni's (51) century stand after India's top-order was rattled by the Aussie pacers, however, brought the visitors in the game but a wrong LBW decision against Dhoni got India off track.
Richardson (10-2-26-2) emerged as the best bowler from either side and it was his fiery opening spell which laid the foundation for Australia's big win. India lost their three key players Shikhar Dhawan (0), Virat Kohli (2) and Ambati Rayudu (0) within five overs which meant India were had a lot of catching up to do in the run chase.
Earlier, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja hit sublime half-centuries as Australia reached 288/5 in 50 overs and set a target of 289 for India to chase. Handscomb (73), Khawaja (59) and Marsh (54) helped the hosts recover from the early dismissals of the openers and post a decent total at the Sydney Cricket Ground after captain Aaron Finch opted to bat. Marcus Stoinis (47*) and Glenn Maxwell (11*) remained unbeaten as the hosts posted a decent total on the board.
Here's how the 1st ODI panned out:
Jhye Richardson named the Man of the Match for his figures of 10-2-26-2 in the match.
It's all over! Wicket on the final ball of the innings. India lose the first ODI by 34 runs as Rohit Sharma's masterclass of 133 goes in vain. Australia go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav (3) is caught in the deep by Khawaja and India lose their 8th wicket. India - 247/8 in 49 overs.
Dropped! Usman Khawaja puts down a sitter at long-on and Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets a breather.
Wicket! A herculean effort of Rohit Sharma (133) finally comes to an end as he's caught in the deep by Maxwell. Stoinis gets the all-important wicket. India - 221/7
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja is caught near boundary ropes by Shaun Marsh. Richardson gets his fourth scalp of the innings. India are 213/6 in 44.1 overs. Rohit is running short of partners.
200 comes up for India in the 43rd over. But they still have a lot to do in this run chase with the asking rate climbing.
End of 42 overs. India are 193/5.
22nd ODI Century for The Hitman. Rohit has started 2019 on a positive note but he is not in a mood to celebrate as their still a big task at hand in this run chase. This is his 7th ODI ton against Australia.
Wicket! Dinesh Karthik (12) chops it on to the stumps and Jhye Richardson gets his third wicket of the match. India are 176/5 in 39.2 overs.
Four! Rohit Sharma hits Peter Siddle over mid-wicket for a boundary and he enters into the 90s.
150 comes up for India in the 35th over, but it still is a tough road ahead for them as the asking rate is climbing.
Wicket! MS Dhoni is trapped in front by Jason Behrendorff. The veteran departs for 51 after facing 96 deliveries and his departure also breaks the 100-run stand between him and Rohit. Unfortunate for him as the ball was pitching outside leg stump.
MS Dhoni brings up his 68th ODI fifty with a boundary. He faced 93 deliveries in the process. This is his second slowest half-century.
SIX!!! Ro'Hitman' Sharma steps out an hits Lyon over mid-wicket for a biggie. The ball lands many a miles away from the boundary ropes. India - 133/3 in 30 overs.
100-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni for the 4th wicket. It has been a vital stand but Dhoni is seen having trouble running between the wickets.
100 comes up for India in the 26th over.
India are 99/3 after 25 overs. They are still 190 runs short of the target.
Fine partnership for the third wickets. Super half century by Rohit, but more crucial in the larger context, MSD’s innings perhaps more important. After sluggish start, coming into his own. Not enough batting depth in team, so these two need to double their contribution!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 12, 2019
Fifty! Rohit Sharma gets to his half-century with a boundary off Maxwell. It has been a patient knock from the Mumbaikar as he faced 62 deliveries. This is 38th ODI fifty from Rohit and sixth against Australia.
Crucial half-century from Rohit Sharma. The Indian opener has scored at 3.95rpo against pace, and 7.12rpo against spin, targeting the slower bowlers while the Indian top-order has subsided to seamers. Can he take them close? #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 12, 2019
India are 86/3 after 23 overs in the run chase of 289. Dhoni-Rohit have settled the ship, but they still have a long road ahead.
Four! MS Dhoni cuts Siddle towards point boundary and this is the first four of the innings for India. It came after 20 overs. Hosts have been disciplined so far.
First four of the innings comes in the 21st over! There were four sixes before it.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 12, 2019
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India 68/3 after 20 overs. They have a mountain to climb as the asking rate has climbed over 7.
Most runs in India-Australia ODIs: 3077 Sachin Tendulkar 2164 Ricky Ponting 1630 Rohit Sharma 1622 Adam Gilchrist 1450 Matthew Hayden
SIX!! Rohit Sharma charges down the ground and hammers Lyon over mid-wicket for another maximum. 50 comes up for India in 17 overs. India have hit 4 SIXes in this innings and are yet to get a boundary.
SIXXXXX! MS Dhoni walks down the ground and dispatches Lyon into the long-on stands. The ball sails way into the stands and chants of Dhoni-Dhoni are reverberating at SCG!
SIX! Rohit Sharma pulls Peter Siddle for a maximum. Runs aren't coming easily for the Indians so the Men In Blue supporters just went alive with that shot at SCG.
This is how India scored in the 1st Powerplay: 1st over - 1/1 2nd over - 1/1 3rd over - 4/1 4th over - 4/3 5th over - 11/3 6th over - 14/3 7th over - 14/3 8th over - 17/3 9th over - 19/3 10th over - 21/3
10000 ODI Runs for MS Dhoni for India. He had already scaled Mt 10K in international format.
Not the kind of start India would have hoped for as Australian pacers have kept things pretty tight for the visitors in the run chase after getting three early scalps. India - 19/3 after 9 overs.
SIX! Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a maximum as after facing 17 deliveries. The maximum came off Free Hit Delivery. India are 11/3 after 5 overs.
WICKET! Ambati Rayudu too departs without scoring and India are in deep trouble. Richardson strikes twice in the over and India are reeling at 4/3. Rayudu went upstairs but in vain as the ball-tracking shows all three reds.
Jhye Richardson on 🔥— SPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) January 12, 2019
3.3 Virat Kohli c Stoinis b Richardson
3.5 Ambati Rayudu lbw b Richardson
The Aussie opening bowlers have rocked India early! 👊
IND 4/3 (3.5)
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Big Wicket! Virat Kohli (2) flicks and gives a simple catch to Stoinis at short leg. Richardson gives India their biggest jolt in the run chase. India - 4/2 in 3.3 overs.
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan departs for a golden duck as he's trapped in front by Jason Behrendorff in front. India lose their first wicket in the first over itself as the debutant didn't have to wait long for his maiden ODI scalp. Not a good start for India in run chase. India - 1/1 in 0.5 overs.
India start run chase of 289. Rohit-Shikhar are into the middle. Behrendorff starts with the new ball for Australia.
Australia reach 288/5 in 50 overs. 93 runs scored in last 10 overs. Stoinis and Maxwell finish things well for the Aussies. India need 289 to win.
Strong finish by Aus, helped by some loose bowling and shoddy fielding. Perhaps still 20-25 runs short of what they might have wanted on this flat pitch, but bowlers have something to defend for sure— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 12, 2019
SIX! Stoinis pulls Bhuvneshwar for a maximum.
11 runs came from the 49th over. Australia 270/5.
SIX & Wicket! Peter Handscomb (73) survived on the previous delivery and got a six but he departs on the next ball. Bhuvneshwar gets the second wicket. Shikhar Dhawan takes a good catch near point boundary. Australia - 254/5 in 47.2 overs.
0 1 2 Wd Wd 1 1 1 = 8 runs conceded by Shami from his 9th over. Australia - 248/4 after 47 overs.
1 4 1 0 1 4 = 11 runs leaked by Bhuvneshwar.
Fifty! Peter Handscomb notched up his fifty with that six on the final delivery from Kuldeep's spell. Australia needed a composed batting effort from the middle-order batsman.
0 1L 6 0 1 6 ! A couple of sixes from the final over bowled by Kuldeep. Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb hammer the bowler over mid-wicket for two maximums. Kuldeep finishes up with figures of 10-0-54-2. Aus - 222/4 in 44 overs.
200 comes up for Australia in the 42nd over. Hosts reach 202/4 in 42 overs. Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis are into the middle and they must be aiming to take the score 260-plus.
Gone! Shaun Marsh (54) looks to clear Kuldeep over the fence but fails to read the spin well and gets caught by Shami in the deep. Australia - 186/4 in 37.3 overs. Kuldeep gets his second wicket of the match and also breaks the 50-run partnership between Marsh and Handscomb.
OUT! Shaun Marsh holes out for 54. He's picked out deep midwicket perfectly. Kuldeep has his second wicket.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 12, 2019
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50-run stand between Marsh and Handscomb of 49 deliveries.
Fifty! Shaun Marsh too brings up his half century. He gets to his fifty with a brilliant boundary off Khaleel Ahmed. Marsh has been in sublime form in the white-ball format.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja gets the breakthrough as he traps dangerous looking Usman Khawaja (59 off 81) in front. The batsman went upstairs to review but it turned out to be Umpire's call. India get the wicket they were looking for. Australia keep the review but lose their third wicket for 133.
Fifty! Usman Khawaja brings up his half-century with a single. He faced 70 deliveries to reach his fifth half-century. Australia have recovered from the early dismissal of their openers. Aus - 119/2 in 26 overs.
The Rayudu experiment isn't working for India. Are the visitors already facing a problem to get those 5-6 overs from a part-timer like Kedar Jadhav?
No, this experiment with Rayudu, the bowler, isn't working?— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2019
100 comes up for Australia. The partnership between Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja is worth 63.
Ambati Rayudu is bowling as the sixth bowler.
After 20 overs, Australia are 95/2. Marsh - 25*, Khawaja - 34* are looking in sublime touch. 54-run partnership between these two.
Australia are 72/2 after 16 overs. Khawaja and Marsh are looking in sublime touch after a cautious start.
Shami walks off the field due to some trouble in his neck. Will it be a concern for India?
Australia are 56/2 after 13 overs. Hosts' seasoned campaigners Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja are into the middle and they are looking to cement a partnership and take their team to a good total.
WICKET!!! Kuldeep strikes!! Dangerous looking Alex Carey tries to cut the chinaman but ended up edging it towards first slip and Rohit Sharma took a regulation catch. Australia - 41/2 after 9.5 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav has been introduced in the 10th over.
Australia 35/1 after 8 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled 4 overs and conceded just 11 from it. He's been disciplined in the powerplay. Khaleel Ahmed (4-0-24-0) has been slightly rusty. Shami bowls the nineth over.
Australia 24/1 after 5 overs. Positive start for India as Bhuvneshwar gets an early wicket. Khaleel is still trying to get himself acclimatised as he has already bowled a couple of No balls.
Wicket! Bhuvneshwar Kumar draws the first blood for India as he cleans up Aaron Finch for 6 with an in-swinging delivery. Finch was dismissed in a similar fashion in the Tests and nothing changed for him, except the colour of the jersey. Australia 8/1. This is also 100th ODI wicket for Bhuvneshwar.
Khaleel Ahmed bowls the second over. The left-arm pacer delivers a No Ball on his third delivery of the innings. Australia get a Free Hit but Carey fails to connect with it. 6 runs conceded by Khaleel from his opening over. Australia - 8/0 after 2.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts the first over for India and concedes just two runs from it. Aaron Finch and Alex Carey open innings for Australia. Some questions were asked in the first over itself by Bhuvneshwar. Aus - 2/0 after 1st over.
Karthik gets a spot in the Playing XI instead of Jadhav.
I must admit I am surprised India are playing Dinesh Karthik. Really rate him as a batsman in this format but thought Jadhav might give a few overs. This also means that the bowlers have been told there is nowhere to hide and they have to bowl 10 overs.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2019
National Anthems are done and two teams are back into the middle for the action. Aaron Finch and Alex Carey are opening the innings for Australia.
Peter Siddle makes an ODI comeback after 2010. Welcome back Siddle!
Most consecutive ODIs missed for Australia between two appearances:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 12, 2019
169 - Peter Siddle* (2010-19)
157 - Brad Hogg (1996-02)
149 - Nathan Hauritz (2003-09)
142 - Matthew Hayden (1994-00)
138 - Tim Paine (2011-18)#AusvIndia
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed.
The fact that India can't pick Pandya means they can't pick Chahal either because the balance of the team needs an all-rounder in Jadeja— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2019
Aaron Finch: We are gonna bat first mate. I think the middle overs we have to get it right. We need to brush up there and improve. I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. Freshened up after playing BBL.
Australia captain Aaron Finch has won the toss and elected to bat first.