Australia beat India by 34 runs in Ist ODI

Australia put in good performance to defeat India by 34 runs in the Gillette ODI Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ground was packed with pro-India crowd got disappointed but enjoyed a Rohit Sharma special.  With new faces in Australia side still puts up good performance.

Recalled batsmen Peter Handscomb (73 from 61 balls) and Usman Khawaja (59 from 81) top-scored for the hosts in their total of 5-288 before youngster Jhye Richardson (4-26) and debutant Jason Behrendorff (2-39) ripped apart India’s top order.

Behrendorff couldn’t have asked for a better start to his ODI career, trapping explosive opener Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck to complete a wicket maiden to start the second innings. Richardson backed up his Western Australia teammate with the huge wicket of India captain Virat Kohli for just three and two balls later removed No.4 Ambati Rayudu for naught to reduce India to 3-4.

But a brilliant rear-guard partnership of 137 between Rohit (133) and MS Dhoni (51) put India’s run chase back on course.

As wickets fell around him, Rohit took the long handle, hitting sixes one-handed into the Members’ Stand, but the equation was too great for the master ODI opener who fell in the 46th over.

Richardson was superb with old ball and new, taking wickets at both ends of the innings to claim his best ODI figures and seal just the fourth win in Australia’s past 22 completed ODIs.

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