Australia surprise India in series opener
An inexperienced Australian side bounced back from their T20I loss at Rajkot to win the first of their seven ODIs against India at Pune by 72 runs.
After electing to bat first, the Australian openers Aaron Finch (72) and Phil Hughes (47) took the bowlers apart straightaway, putting up a 110-run 1st wicket stand inside 20 overs, until Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Hughes to give India a breakthrough. Shane Watson (2) followed soon too but George Bailey (85) took over and played a captain’s knock as Finch accelerated from the other end. Yuvraj Singh was in action all over the field, picking two wickets and also effecting a run-out to get rid of Adam Voges (7).
Glenn Maxwell then made his presence felt, striking 3 sixes and 1 four on his way to a 23-ball 31, before he fell to Vinay Kumar (1/68). Bailey kept the scoreboard ticking via ones and twos and was very well supported by the tail-enders who also made merry while the Indian bowlers looked on haplessly. Australia finished with a gigantic total of 304/8 at the end of 50 overs.
The Indian batsmen faltered right from the start of their chase, losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (7) in the 7th over. Rohit Sharma (42) threw away yet another start, edging one to the keeper. Virat Kohli (61) was the only batsman who looked solid in his approach, as he negotiated the steam off the pace bowlers and added 71 runs for the 3rd wicket with Suresh Raina (39), who was promoted at No.4. A mishit to third man then resulted in Raina’s dismissal and the asking rate went above 7. At this stage, India were at 137/3 in the 28th over.
Yuvraj (7), Kohli and Jadeja (11) fell in quick succession, and the onus was once again on skipper MS Dhoni (19), who was cleaned up by a magical delivery from Clint McKay (2/36). India had already lost the plot by then, with 192 runs on the board at the loss of 7 wickets. The tail-enders only delayed the inevitable, as India folded up for 232 in 49.4 overs.
Australia went 1-0 up in the 7-match series and will on India in the 2nd ODI at Jaipur on October 16.