A 92-run stand between Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) in the middle overs helped set up Australia, before Peter Handscomb (73) and Marcus Stoinis (47*) pushed the total to 288/5 against India in the 1st ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Saturday. (Australia vs India Live Score – 1st ODI)

However, former Australian skipper Mark Waugh, during the pitch report had alluded to the SCG pitch being a good one for a score in the vicinity of 330 – going by that, the hosts seemed to have missed the mark. (LIVE UPDATES: India vs Australia 2018-19, 1st ODI )

India had a good start with the ball with a fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting the ball to zip around early on, leading to the wicket of Australian skipper Aaron Finch in the third over of the match – bowled through the gates for six. (TOSS REPORT: Australia opt to bat first; debut for Behrendorff, Karthik, Shami in for India)

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. (ALSO READ: Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes 100 ODI wickets)

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 Ambati 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, Marcus 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 – caught at sweeper cover by Shikhar Dhawan – for 73 off 61 balls.

Stoinis remained unbeaten on 47 off 43 balls as Australia took 93 runs in their last 10 overs.

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) vs India