Rohit Sharma's (133) heroics went in-vain as an all-round Australia defeated India by 34 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday. By the virtue of the victory, Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing the target of 289 runs, India lost Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu early. Unperturbed by the dismissal, Rohit Sharma along with MS Dhoni (51) forged a key partnership before the latter was sent back Jason Behrendorff. Later, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (29 not out) played a fighting knock but failed to help the visitors cross the line. For Australia, Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of four for 26. Earlier, Peter Handscomb scored a fighting half-century as Australia posted 288/5. His 61-ball knock was laced with 6 boundaries and two sixes. Marcus Stoinis (47 not out), on the other hand, played an important cameo towards the end of the innings to help the hosts post a respectable total. Apart from Handscomb, Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) also notched up brilliant individual half-centuries after Australia lost their openers early. Indian bowlers displayed disciplined bowling performance with Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalping two wickets each. (SCORECARD)
'Highlights Between India vs Australia 1st ODI, straight from Sydney Cricket Ground
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15:48 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami departs for 9 on the final ball of the innings. India 258 for nine in 50 overs, lose by 34 runs.
15:46 IST: Boundary! Bhuvneshwar Kumar hits it through the covers to find the fence from Marcus Stoinis delivery.
15:43 IST: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav was looking to hit Peter Siddle over the top but finds Usman Khawaja in the deep. Kuldeep Yadav departs for three. India 247 for eight, need 42 runs from 6 balls.
15:39 IST: Dropped! Usman Khawaja drops a sitter hit by Bhuvneshwar Kumar high up in the air from the delivery by Marcus Stoinis.
15:36 IST: Boundary! Shorter delivery from Marcus Stoinis, Bhuvneshwar Kumar throws his bat at it to collect four runs.
15:29 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma departs for 133, he was trying to hit the delivery from Marcus Stoinis over the top but finds Glenn Maxwell in the deep.
15:27 IST: Boundary! Rohit Sharma hits the ball inches above the fielder at mid-on to find the fence off Marcus Stoinis delivery.
15:19 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja departs for 8, Jhye Richardson strikes. India 213 for six in 44.1 overs, need 76 runs in 35 balls. Rohit Sharma is running out of partners here!
15:18 IST: SIX! Rohit Sharma hits Marcus Stoinis for a maximum. The maximum is followed by boundary. He is taking on the charge now.
15:10 IST: Boundary! Poor delivery from Glenn Maxwell, full toss, poorly directed and Rohit Sharma just hits it towards third man to pick four runs.
15:09 IST: India need 100 runs from 50 balls.
15:03 IST: 22nd ODI century for Rohit Sharma, followed by a calm celebration. He knows the job is far from over now. He brought up the milestone in 111 deliveries, 7 boundaries and six sixes in his knock so far.
14:59 IST: WICKET! Dinesh Karthik departs for 12, India 176 for 5.
14:54 IST: Back-to-back boundaries! Rohit Sharma plays a lofted shot, hits Peter Siddle through the mid-wicket for four runs. Rohit Sharma moves to 98 runs.
14:52 IST: Three runs from the Jhye Richardson over, India 163 for four. Need more 126 runs in 72 balls.
14:46 IST: Straight drive from Rohit Sharma, will only get a couple from it off the delivery by Jason Behrendorff. Rohit has moved to 85 runs now.
14:38 IST: 150 comes up for India in the 35th over, need 139 runs to win.
14:35 IST: Four runs from the Marcus Stoinis over, India 148 for four after 34 overs.
14:25 IST: WICKET! MS Dhoni departs for 51. Jason Behrendorff aught him plum in front of the stumps, exactly the breakthrough Australia were looking for. Can the hosts bounce back?
14:21 IST: Boundary and that brings up the 68th ODI half-century for MS Dhoni!
14:14 IST: SIX! Rohit Sharma steps down the ground to hit the delivery from Nathan Lyon for a maximum.
14:08 IST: Boundary! Rohit Sharma scoops it from the delivery by Jason Behrendorff to find the fence. Interesting shot from the Indian vice-captain on that ocassion.
14:00 IST: 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket comes up between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. The former has been the clear aggressor but Dhoni has rotated the strike well.
13:56 IST: 100 up for India in 25.2 overs, need 189 more runs to win.
13:50 IST: 38th ODI half-century for Rohit Sharma, a cautious knock under pressure. After India lost three early wickets, Rohit kept his calm to rescue the visitors from a poor start.
13:46 IST: Glenn Maxwell has been brought into the attack. He will bowl the 24th over with MS Dhoni on strike.
13:43 IST: Boundary! Rohit Sharma plays it through the covers to find the fence towards mid-on from the delivery by Peter Siddle. He moves to 45 runs with that shot.
13:33 IST: Boundary! MS Dhoni makes the most of the width provided by Peter Siddle to find the fence towards deep cover. First boundary for MS Dhoni after playing more than 50 deliveries.
13:32 IST: Six runs from the Marcus Stoinins over, India 68 for three after 20 overs.
13:20 IST: SIX! Rohit Sharma hits Nathan Lyon for a maximum and that brings up 50 runs on board for India in 17 overs.
13:10 IST: SIX! MS Dhoni steps down the ground to hit Nathan Lyon over the long-on for a maximum. Nine runs from the over, India 44 for three.
13:06 IST: SIX! Pulled away by Rohit Sharma from the short delivery by Peter Siddle for a maximum towards backward square leg. India 35 for three after 14 overs.
13:04 IST: Maiden over from Nathan Lyon, India 26 for three after 13 overs.
12:56 IST: India are dealing in singles at the moment, four runs from the Nathan Lyon over. India 25 for three after 11 overs.
12:47 IST: Milestone Alert - MS Dhoni becomes fifth Indian to score 10,000 ODI runs. He needs to play a big knock here to rescue India from the poor start. India 19 for three after 9 overs.
12:41 IST: Maiden over from Jason Behrendorff. India 14 for three after 7 overs.
12:30 IST: Brilliant attempt from Shaun Marsh, but it couldn't stop the six off the free-hit delivery from Jason Behrendorff hit by Rohit Sharma. India 11 for three after 5 overs.
12:24 IST: Ambati Rayudu departs for duck. India deep down in trouble, 4/3 after 3.5 overs.
12:20 IST: WICKET! Australia have got rid of the big fish. Virat Kohli tried to hit the delivery from Jhye Richardson towards square finds Marcus Stoinis. The Indian skipper departs for 3, India 4 for 2.
12:18 IST: Australian bowlers are keeping it tight, not giving any room to the Indian batsmen. India 4 for 1 after three overs.
12:09 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs for duck, Jason Behrendorff gets his first wicket in international cricket. India 1 for 1 after 1 over. Virat Kohli is the new batsman in.
12:07 IST: Off the mark, Rohit Sharma and India. Behrendorff went for an appeal, thought he caught Rohit plumb in front of the stumps.
12:05 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the centre to begin the chase. Debutant Jason Behrendorff to open the proceedings for Australia.
11:32 IST: End of innings - Australia 288 for five in 50 overs.
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Half centuries from Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Handscomb have guided Australia to a total of 288/5.
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11:28 IST: Boundary! Miscued shot from Marcus Stoinis and the ball with race away to the fence towards third man.
11:26 IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, get its treatment from Marcus Stoinis. He moves to 42 runs with that shot.
11:23 IST: Boundary! Marcus Stoinis finds the gap towards long on to pick up four important run from Mohammed Shami's delivery.
11:16 IST: WICKET! Peter Handscomb again tried to go over the top, but this time finds Shikhar Dhawan in the deep. He departs for 73. Australia 254 for five. Glenn Maxwell steps in to bat.
11:14 IST: SIX! Peter Handscomb slogs it over the top, Ambati Rayudu makes a desperate attempt but completely misjudged it to concede a maximum.
11:10 IST: Consecutive wide deliveries from Mohammed Shami, he is failing to get his length ball right.
11:03 IST: Boundary! Brilliant footwork from Peter Handscomb play an inside-out shot to hit the good length delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the fence.
10:57 IST: SIX and Peter Handscomb gets to his second ODI half-century! Kuldeep Yadav has bowled an expensive over, 14 runs from it. Australia 222 for four after 44 overs.
10:55 IST: SIX! Sweet sound from the bat of Marcus Stoinis, well connected on that occasion. The hosts need more of those hits.
10:46 IST: 200 runs up for Australia in 41.2 overs, the fourth 50 runs came in 56 deliveries. The hosts desperately need to up their scoring rate here. They still have Glenn Maxwell to come next.
10:43 IST: 29 balls since the last boundary for Australia.
10:40 IST: Four runs from the Kuldeep Yadav over, Australia 195 for four after 40 overs.
10:28 IST: WICKET! Shaun Marsh tried to take on Kuldeep Yadav down the ground, finds Mohammed Shami in the deep. Marsh departs for 54. Australia 186 for four after 37.3 overs. Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman in.
10:24 IST: 50-run fourth wicket stand between Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb, comes of 49 deliveries.
10:20 IST: Boundary and that brings up the 13th ODI half-century for Shaun Marsh, off 65 deliveries. He has notched up four boundaries in that knock.
10:15 IST: Back-to-back boundaries! Peter Handscomb leans back, opens the face of the bat to hit the delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four runs. The second one came off a short ball which was hit past the mid-on.
10:08 IST: Boundary! Bit of width provided by Khaleel Ahmed and Shaun Marsh goes aerial to find the fence towards cover-point. Marsh moves closer to his half-century.
10:03 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Ravindra Jadeja. Peter Handscomb on strike for Australia in the 33rd over.
10:02 IST: 150 runs comes up for Australia in 32 overs. The hosts are scoring at over 4.60 runs per over.
09:56 IST: Boundary! Peter Handscomb drives it through the covers towards deep extra cover to pick four runs off Ravindra Jadeja. Australia 146 for three after 31 overs.
09:53 IST: Good over from Mohammed Shami, two runs from it. Australia 138 for three in 20 overs.
09:50 IST: Good signs for India, Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. He had left the field for sometime for what looked liked a shoulder niggle.
09:46 IST: WICKET! Review taken for lbw! Original decision from the umpire has ruled Usma Khawaja out. He thinks Ravindra Jadeja has caught him plumb in front of the stumps. Review shows - no bat on that one. Ball-tracker confirms the ball pitching in-line, impact in-line and umpire's call. Khawaja departs, Australia 133 for three after 28.2 overs. Peter Handscomb is the new batsman in.
09:43 IST: Nine runs from the Khaleel Ahmed over. Australia 132 for two after 28 overs.
09:33 IST: Half-century for Usman Khawaja, fifth in ODI, comes in 70 deliveries, his first in Australia. It is also is first-half century in the ODIs after 2016. His knock is laced with five boundaries so far.
09:28 IST: 10 runs from the over. Australia 114 for two after 24 overs.
09:26 IST: Boundary! Poor delivery from Ambati Rayudu, shortish towards the leg stump for Shaun Marsh and the Australian just guides it towards fine leg to pick four runs.
09:24 IST: 100 up for Australia, a risky way to bring that milestone as Usman Khawaja plays a reverse sweep off Ravindra Jadeja which just flies away from the fielder. Australia 104 for two after 23 overs.
09:21 IST: Ambati Rayudu concedes three off his first over, a decent one. Ravindra Jadeja to continue from the other end.
09:19 IST: Surprising move from Virat Kohli, he has brought Ambati Rayudu into the attack. He holds an economy rate of over 6.60 for a non-regular bowler.
09:15 IST: 50-run stand for the third wicket between Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. They need to accelerate the scoring rate from here on, scoring at 4.48 runs/over at the moment.
09:13 IST: Boundary! Shaun Marsh cuts and cuts it hard and the shortish delivery from Kuldeep Yadav will run away to the fence.
09:11 IST: Australia dealing in singles and doubles at the moment. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja looking to built up a partnership. Australia 83 for two after 19 overs.
09:02 IST: Drinks break! After Ravindra Jadeja gives away three runs for his first over. Shaun Marsh will retain strike.
08:59 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the 17th over. Shaun Marsh on strike.
08:52 IST: Four byes! Rare error MS Dhoni, the delivery from Mohammed Shami just landed in front of the Indian wicket-keeper as he fails to judge it right. Australia will get four runs for that misjudgement.
08:46 IST: Boundary! Brilliant shot from Shaun Marsh, hits the delivery from Mohammed Shami to pick up four runs towards deep mid-wicket.
08:42 IST: 50 runs up for Australia in the 12th over. It has been a slow start for the hosts here. They have lost their opener early, need a partnership going here, desperately.
08:38 IST: Boundary! Good length delivery from Mohammed Shami and Usman Khawaja hits it towards deep extra cover to pick four runs.
08:34 IST: WICKET! Alex Carey departs for 24. Flat delivery outside off stump and Rohit Sharma takes an easy catch at first slip. Shaun Marsh is the new batsman in.
08:33 IST: Boundary! The delivery from Kuldeep allowed Alex Carey to get some width and he dispatches it for four runs.
08:32 IST: Spin has been introduced. Kuldeep Yadav to bowl from the other end.
08:29 IST: Two runs towards deep mid-wicket for Usman Khawaja to end the over from Mohammed Shami. Australia 37 for one after 9 overs.
08:24 IST: Boundary! Again from the willow of Alex Carey, pure timing. Picked the length from Khaleel Ahmed early and hits it through the covers for four runs. Australia 35 for one after 8 overs.
08:20 IST: Runs coming in singles and doubles at the moment. Three off the Bhuveshwar Kumar over, Australia 30 for one after 7 overs.
08:12 IST: Boundary! Good timing on the shot from Alex Carey and the back of a length delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar will run all the way to the boundary. Australia 24 for one after 5 overs.
08:08 IST: Boundary! Edged and the ball finds gap between the slips to run away for four runs. Australia 20 for one after 4 overs.
08:05 IST: No-ball from Khaleel Ahmed, huge one! He bowled a no-ball in his previous over as well. And the free-hit has been dispatched for a boundary by Alex Carey.
08:03 IST: Usman Khawaja is the new batsman in for the hosts. He takes couple towards outside off to get the mark. Australia 10 for 1.
08:01 IST: WICKET! Aaron Finch departs for 6 runs, no footwork from the Australian skipper and a brilliant length ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar does the trick. India are off to a great start, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bag his 100th ODI wicket. Australia 8 for 1 in 2.2 overs.
07:57 IST: Double towards backward square leg, Shikhar Dhawan chases the ball but Aaron Finch will get two runs for that. After 2 overs, Australia 8 for no loss.
07:55 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to bowl from the other end. Aaron Finch on strike.
07:53 IST: LBW appeal from Bhuvneshwar Kumar against Aaron Finch, but the delivery was clearing drifting away from the off stump. After 1 over, Australia 2 for no loss.
07:52 IST: Off the mark, Australia and Alex Carey with a quick single from the fourth ball of the first over.
07:50 IST: Australian batsmen Aaron Finch and Alex Carey are out in the centre. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the red cherry for India.
07:25 IST: India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
07:20 IST: Australian captain Aaron Finch wins the toss, opts to bat against India.
07:15 IST: Pitch report: Mark Waugh reckons it will be a good wicket to bat. Spinners will get a bit of help. According to him, the team winning the toss should bat.
07:10 IST: Veteran Australian pacer Peter Siddle is making a comeback for the hosts. What has he got up his sleeve to keep India on the backfoot?
07:06 IST: Jason Behrendorff collects his ODI cap from Australian great Glenn McGrath. What a moment for the young bloke!
07:05 IST: The visiting Indian team look all set for the contest. We are 15 minutes away from the toss.
07:02 IST: Here is the first look at the Sydney track.
07:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a shoe-in, and thereafter it depends if Virat Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya's loss. In such a scenario, Mohammed Shami and Khaleel Ahmed are expected to get the nod, as India continue zeroing in on the pace quartet for the World Cup squad.
There is a sprinkling of grass on the SCG pitch and it could push the Indian skipper to opt for a three-pacer and two-spinner combination. Kohli also stated that, in Pandya's absence, Ravindra Jadeja would step up as the all-rounder.