Perth ODI: India Slump to Loss After Steven Smith, George Bailey Heroics
India failed to defend a total of 309/3 after centuries from Steven Smith and George Bailey scored tons to help hosts win with ease. Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 171, which went in vain.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first in WACA, Perth. At 34, he might be leading India for one last time Down Under. (Images from AFP and AP)
Left-arm pacer Barinder Sran was given an ODI debut in Perth. For Australia, Joel Paris and Scott Boland were the debutants.
India opener Rohit Sharma started his innings on a patient note, after fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan (9) fell in the seventh over.
Rohit Sharma completed his fifty in 63 balls. He took his time to settle down against the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Joel Paris and others.
Rohit Sharma increased the pace of his innings after completing his century. He completed his ninth ODI ton, and his third against Australia, in 122 balls.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were involved in a 207-run stand, the highest for India for the second wicket against Australia.
Virat Kohli scored 91 off 97 balls. He looked all set to reach his 24th ton but was caught by Aaron Finch off James Faulkner in the 45th over.
Virat Kohli would be disappointed after missing out on his 24th century. His 91-ball 97 was laden with nine fours and one six.
Rohit Sharma took a special liking for Scott Boland as he hit him for three sixes. The debutant bowler ended with figures of 0/74 in 10 overs.
Left-arm pacer Barinder Sran had a brilliant start to his international career. He accounted for the wickets of Aaron Finch and David Warner.
George Bailey completed his third century in 106 balls. He was also involved in a 242-run stand with Steven Smith.
Steven Smith top-scored for Australia with a 135-ball 149. This was his fifth ODI ton in 65 matches.