Jhye Richardson was the star of the night for Australia with the right-arm pacer returning enviable figures of 10-2-26-4, including the scalps Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu early on.
Jhye Richardson was the star of the night for Australia with the right-arm pacer returning enviable figures of 10-2-26-4, including the scalps Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu early on.

Despite a valiant 133 from vice-captain Rohit Sharma, India fell short of Australia’s total of 288 by 34 runs, losing the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Saturday. (Australia vs India Live Score – 1st ODI)

That India even managed to get close to Australia’s total after being reduced to 4/3, owed largely to a 137-run stand between Rohit and MS Dhoni (51). Jhye Richardson was the star of the night for Australia with the right-arm pacer returning enviable figures of 10-2-26-4, including the scalps Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu early on. (AS IT HAPPENED: India vs Australia 2018-19, 1st ODI)

Australia had made 288/5 riding on Peter Handscomb’s 61-ball 73 and watchful fifties from Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54), after opting to bat first. (ALSO READ:Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes 100 ODI wickets)

In defence of their chase, Australia were off to a good start with debutant Jason Behrendorff (2/39) claiming the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck – trapped in front – in his first over, followed by Richardson’s double-strike.

Kohli (3) was hurried on by Richardson’s pace, flicking one upplishly to square leg fielder Marcus Stoinis. One ball later, Rayudu (0) was LBW with the ball coming in.

Dhoni, returning to the ODI squad after being rested for the home series against West Indies and Australia T20Is, struggled to get going, and at one stage was batting on nine runs after facing 35 balls. Rohit was also bogged down by some tight bowling by Behrendorff and Richardson, before Peter Siddle’s entry gave India some respite. Second change bowler, Nathan Lyon, and Siddle were negotiated easily by Rohit and Dhoni as the duo took India to 99/3 after 25 overs.

The hosts at the same stage were 116/3. Dhoni made up for his slow start with his 68th ODI fifty – his first since 2017. But, he had consumed 96 balls for his 51 before he was sent packing in the 33rd over by Behrendorff.

Richardson returned for his second spell and castled Dinesh Karthik for 12. Rohit took on Siddle – playing his first ODI in nine years  – hitting the veteran for three fours in one over and then got to his 22nd ODI hundred off 110 balls.

The opener opened up with six and four off Stoinis in the 44th over, but his wicket, taken by Stonis an over later, spelled the end of India’s run chase. Rohit was hurried on by a bouncer and was taken at deep midwicket by Glenn Maxwell. Rohit’s 133 came off 129 balls including ten fours and six sixes.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar threw his bat around scoring 29 off 23 balls to help India reach 254/9.

Earlier, a 92-run stand between Khawaja and Marsh in the middle overs helped set up Australia, before Handscomb and Stoinis (47*) pushed the total to 288/5.

India had a good start with the ball with a fit-again Bhuvneshwar getting the ball to zip around early on, leading to the wicket of Australian skipper Finch in the third over of the match – bowled through the gates for six.

Alex Carey and Khawaja then played out a probing first spell from Bhuvneshwar (4-0-11-1), even as Khaleel Ahmed, at the other end, conceded 24 in his four overs. Kuldeep Yadav, introduced in the powerplay overs – a rarity – struck in the first over when Carey went to cut a ball that came in after pitching, handing a catch to Rohit Sharma at slip.

Khawaja and Marsh rebuilt the Australian innings, in a watchful manner negotiating Kuldeep and Mohammad Shami, bumping up Australia run-rate from 4.11 in first 10 overs to 4.52 in 20.

Ravindra Jadeja then bowled in tandem with Rayudu, who last bowled a completed over way back in 2015. But, the part-timer’s two overs yielded 13 runs as Khawaja helped himself to two fours before compiling his 1st ODI fifty at home off 70 balls.

However, Jadeja broke through the partnership in the 29th over when he trapped Khawaja in front – on an attempted sweep.

Jadeja continued to keep a tab on the run-rate, but the second spells of Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar cost a few runs for India as Handscomb got off to a breezy start.  Marsh got to his 13th ODI fifty, before falling to Kuldeep in the 38th over – attempting to go over long-on.

New man in, Stoinis was slow to start as India send down five tidy overs giving away just 19 runs between overs 39 and 43.

However, Stoinis and Handscomb got the run-rate up clobbering a six each off Kuldeep’s final over to ruin his figures (10-0-54-2). Handscomb got to his 50 off 50 balls and continued to find the boundaries. He finally perished to Bhuvneshwar.

For India, Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep finished with two wickets each but gave runs at over 5.00 runs per over, while Shami was the most economical bowler giving away 46 runs his 10 overs.

Brief Scores: Australia 288/5 (Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59, Shaun Marsh 54; Kuldeep Yadav 2/54)  beat India 254/9 (Rohit Sharma 133; MS Dhoni 51; Jhye Richardson 4/26)