Australia produced a solid performance to beat India by 72 runs in the first ODI at MCA Stadium in Pune to lead the seven-match series.
Australia start the seven-match series on a positive note by beating India comfortably. Catch all the highlights here: (Scorecard | Commentary).
Story first published on: Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:12
21:16 (IST): QUOTES-
George Bailey: It was a fantastic all-round performance. We talked about our plans, and executed it very well. Mitchell (Johnson) has been really impressive, he gives us a great lift at the start of the innings. Getting to 300 was important. We got an excellent start thanks to (Phillip) Hughes and (Aaron) Finch. Our plan was to get 300, and we managed to get there. It is always important to start well in a long series.
MS Dhoni: We conceded too many runs. We had some good partnerships, but failed to convert it into bigger stands. I was a bit disappointed with some of the shot selections. There was some help for the bowlers, but we gave away too many runs. It was slightly more difficult under the lights. Our pacers are not all that fast compared to them. It was a hit the deck sort of a surface, but we could have won had our shot selection been better. It is a long series and will look to get back well in the next match.
21:05 (IST): That's that! India have lost the first ODI by 72 runs. It was a good all-round performance by the Australians. Chasing a stiff target of 305, India lost wickets on regular interval and were bowled out for 232 in 49.4 overs. Virat Kohli top scored with 61 while Suresh Raina chipped in with 39. For Australia, James Faulkner picked up three wickets while Clint McKay and Shane Watson got two wickets apiece.
20:57 (IST): WICKET! India lose their ninth wicket.
20:30 (IST): WICKET! Clint McKay has another one and this time it's R Ashwin. India 200/8 (40.4 overs), need 105 more at 13.7.
20:26 (IST): WICKET! Clint McKay gets rid of Dhoni for 19. Dhoni plays the wrong line. India 196/7 (40.4 overs), need 109 more at 11.47.
20:20 (IST): WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja departs. Jadeja pulls a short one by James Faulkner to George Bailey, who dives to complete the catch at mid on. India 192/6 (39.3 overs) against Australia 304/8.
20:07 (IST): Good over for India as it produces 10 runs. At this stage Australia were 200 for four. India 181/5 (37 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:55 (IST): WICKET! Shane Watson bags his second wicket. Virat Kohli falls after scoring 61 off 85 balls. India 166/5 (34.4 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:35 (IST): FIFTY! Virat Kohli scores his 25th half-century in ODIs. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni joins him after Yuvraj's departure. India 150/4 (30 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:31 (IST): WICKET! Yuvraj Singh departs. Mitchell Johnson balls a short one and Yuvraj pokes at it straight to keeper Phillip Hughes. India 147/4 (29 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:24 (IST): Yuvraj Singh gets off the mark with a huge six over mid wicket. James Faulkner bowls a short pitched delivery and tempts Yuvraj to pull. India 144/3 (28 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:22 (IST): WICKET! James Faulkner breaks the 71-run stand as he removes Suresh Raina for 39. Raina looks to go over mid wicket but gets a thick outside edge to third man. India 137/3 (27.2 overs) against Australia 304/8.
19:11 (IST): Fifty partnership. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have added over fifty runs for the third wicket. India 125/2 (25 overs) against Australia 304/8.
18:45 (IST): Australian bowlers are keeping things very tight and not letting Indian batsmen cut loose. India 79/2 (18 overs) against Australia 304/8.
18:24 (IST): WICKET! India have lost their second wicket. Rohit Sharma fails to convert a good start into a big score as he edges Shane Watson to wicketkeeper Phillip Hughes. That also breaks the 40-run stand between Rohit and Virat Kohli. India 66/2 (13.5 overs) against Australia 304/8.
18:12 (IST): Virat Kohli brings up the fifty for India with a four at sweeper cover. India 55/1 (11 overs) against Australia 304/8.
18:05 (IST): Rohit Sharma is looking in a good touch. He hammers James Faulkner for three fours in one over. India 41/1 (9 overs) against Australia 304/8.
17:55 (IST): Brad Haddin hurts his left eye while celebrating Dhawan's wicket. He walks off the field with the physio, Phillip Hughes dons the keeping gloves. India 26/1 (6.2 overs) against Australia 304/8.
17:51 (IST): WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan falls. Dhawan looks to tap the ball and take a single but gets an outside edge to keeper Brad Haddin in the process. India 26/1 (6.2 overs) against Australia 304/8.
17:43 (IST): Australian pacers are bowling extremely well and have kept Indian openers quiet. Rohit Sharma scores first boundary of Indian . India 15/0 (5 overs) against Australia 304/8. (Over comparison)
17:21 (IST): Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the two Indian openers. Mitchell Johnson starts proceedings for Australia.
16:41 (IST): That's the end of the first innings. Australia score 304/8 in their 50 overs thanks to important knocks by George Bailey (85), Aaron Finch (72) and Phillip Hughes (47). Glenn Maxwell (31 off 23) and James Faulkner (27 off 22) also scored crucial runs. Yuvraj Singh proved his worth yet again with two wickets and a run out. R Ashwin also bagged two wickets but Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers (1/33 from 10 overs). Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma were expensive but manged a wicket each.
16:21 (IST): WICKET! George Bailey (85) departs after a very good knock. Bailey looks to clear square leg boundary against R Ashwin but plays straight to Suresh Raina at the boundary. Australia 264/7 (46.3 overs)
16:16 (IST): Vinay Kumar has been expensive today as he has conceded 54 runs from eight overs. Australia 259/6 (46 overs)
16:02 (IST): WICKET! Ravinchandran Ashwin strikes to get rid of Brad Haddin. Haddin goes on the backfoot to play it on the on side but misses the line completely. Ravindra Jadeja finishes his spell. He has been very economical. Australia 231/6 (42.2 overs)
15:46 (IST): WICKET! Glenn Maxwell falls after a quick-fire 23-ball 31. Vinay Kumar bowls a short of length delivery, Maxwell makes room to clear the infield but plays straight to Rohit Sharma at cover point. Australia 214/5 (38 overs)
15:42 (IST): FIFTY! Skipper George Bailey notches up his 9th half-century in ODIs. Australia 190/4 (36.1 overs)
15:27 (IST): WICKET! Yuvraj Singh is on fire. This time he was lighting fast with his fielding ability as runs out Adam Voges. George Bailey plays it to third man and takes off for a quick single but Voges was too slow on this occasion as he falls short of making his ground. Australia 172/4 (32 overs)
15:21 (IST): R Ashwin comes back into the attack, concedes just four runs. Bailey and Adam Voges have added 21 runs. Australia 167/3 (31 overs)
15:11 (IST): WICKET! Yuvraj Singh gets the big man Aaron Finch for 72. Finch chases a widish delivery straight to Virat Kohli at long off. Australia 146/3 (27.1 overs)
15:06 (IST): Aaron Finch and George Bailey are rebuilding the Australian innings and they have added 30 runs for the third wicket. Australia 113/2 (26 overs)
14:48 (IST): WICKET! Yuvraj Strikes on the first ball of his first over to remove Shane Watson. Yuvraj bowls a flighted delivery as Watson tries to clear the ropes but plays it straight to Ravindra Jadeja at long on. Australia 113/2 (19.1 overs)
14:44 (IST): WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja gets the breakthrough and Phillip Hughes just falls short of his second fifty. Jadeja keeps it on the leg stump and Hughes flicks it to Suresh Raina, who takes a good low catch at the leg slip. Australia 110/1 (18.2 overs)
14:38 (IST): FIFTY! Aaron Finch brings up his first half-century in ODIs with a boundary. Indian bowlers yet to get a breakthrough. Australia 100/0 (17.1 overs)
14:16 (IST): DROPPED! Virat Kohli drops a sitter of Phillip Hughes at point on 32 off Ishant Sharma. Australia 54/0 (11.1 overs)
14:11 (IST): Fifty up for Australia. Phillip Hughes and Aaron Finch keeping things under control. Ishant Sharma has been introduced into the attack. Australia 50/0 (10 overs)
14:00 (IST): Phillip Hughes is looking in a very good touch and is timing the bowl extremely well. Aaron Finch is a bit tentative. Australia 37/0 (7 overs)
13:57 (IST): Aaron Finch opens up this time and hammers Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six and two fours. Fruitful over for the Aussies. Australia 29/0 (7 overs)
13:44 (IST): Phillip Hughes drives beautifully through covers to score the first boundary of the Australian innings. Australia 11/0 (4 overs)
13:37 (IST): With two slips in place, Vinay Kumar joins Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the opening spell. Vinay picked up three wickets in the lone T20 against Australia in Rajkot on Thursday. Australia 3/0 (2 overs)
13:30 (IST): Australia openers Aaron Finch and Phillip Hughes are out in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes the new ball. (Read toss report here)
13:15 (IST): TEAMS -
Australia: Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey (captain), Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(captain, wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma
13:07 (IST): QUOTES -
MS Dhoni: We were looking to bowl first because of the dew factor. We just need to keep our heads calm and build some partnerships. The bowling just needs to improve a bit but on the whole, we have done well. We are looking like a very good fielding side in the world now. We are going in with an unchanged squad that played the T20 game.
George Bailey: We will bat first. There is a little bit more grass on this one than we normally see in Pune. It is very important to start the series on a positive note. (Glenn) Maxwell is in for (Michael) Clarke.
13:02 (IST): TOSS! Australia skipper George Bailey opts to bat after winning the toss against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
12:55 (IST): STAT! India have won their last eight ODIs. The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will make its debut today and will become India's 44th ODI venue.
12:45 (IST): Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said he expects his bowlers to adapt quickly and deliver in the upcoming ODI series against Australia. "In the last T20 game a fair amount of runs, 200 runs each, were scored. Overall the conditions were tough for the bowlers on both sides. But I am sure bowlers would adapt to the conditions as the series progresses and you can expect better performances out of both the teams (bowlers) who were expensive," Dhoni said ahead of the first ODI. (Read full story)
12:30 (IST): To retain its number-one ranking, India have to win two or more matches in the series against Australia. In the event of a 6-1 series win for Australia, it will gain six ratings points to move to top spot on 121 ratings points, while India will drop to second position with 118 ratings points. (Read more)
India would look to retain their top spot in the rankings when they clash with a relatively inexperienced Australian side in a seven-match series, beginning today.
India have enjoyed exceptional results in One Day Internationals this year. Except losing a three-match series to Pakistan at the start of 2013, the world champion side has had tremendous success.
The hosts had whitewashed Australia 4-0 in the February-March Test series and avenging that loss would be a herculean task for the visitors, who have come without inspiring skipper Michael Clarke even as their batsmen gave a good account of themselves in the one-off Twenty20 in Rajkot on Thursday.
Australia did beat England in ODIs post their Ashes debacle but India are a tough nut to crack in home conditions. And the visitors have got a fair idea about the task ahead after failing to defend a 200-plus total in the lone T20 earlier this week.
The Australian attack was subdued by the Indian batsmen, specially the comeback-man Yuvraj Singh, who took the game away from them with his blitzy 35-ball 77.
INDIA: MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat and Mohd. Shami.
AUSTRALIA: George Bailey (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.
UMPIRES: Richard Kettleborough and Vineet Kulkarni; Third umpire: C Shamsuddin; Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama.