Rohit Sharma    AFP (File photo)
Rohit Sharma AFP (File photo)

Indian opener Rohit Sharma on Tuesday slammed a half-century during their first One-Day International (ODI) against Australia, at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground in Perth. Rohit faced 63 balls and struck four boundaries and one six to score his 28th half-century in international cricket in 50-over format. Rohit also provided India another stable partnership as he completed his 50-run stand for the second wicket with Virat Kohli. Earlier, the right-handed Rohit was involved in a brisk first-wicket partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, as the two batsmen added 36 quick runs to provide India a strong start. India were 93 for 1 after 20 overs in the first ODI. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

Rohit was aggressive right from the beginning as he middled the ball really well and scored on both the sides of the wicket. He did lose his batting partner in form of Dhawan in the seventh over, but did not get perturbed. Rohit teamed up with Kohli to keep India ahead of Australia on a wicket that has both pace and bounce. , : , , ,

Rohit and Kohli were both cautious as well as aggressive as Australia kept trying different bowlers and bowling combinations to break the partnership. However, the two batsmen rarely missed out as they kept picking boundaries and also rotated the strike well. Live Cricket Blog & Score Updates: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

It must be remembered that this is the first time India are playing a bilateral ODI series in Australia, and it will be a massive opportunity for India to get back themselves on the track after going through a poor run in ODI cricket in the past few months. It was India who won the toss and elected to bat first. India handed debut to the relatively unknown left-arm bowler Barinder Sran, who became the 207th cricketer for India to play in ODI format. Sran also became the 16th Indian cricketer to make his debut in Australia, with Manoj Tiwary being the last.