India suffer defeat in the first ODI against Australia

India lost the first One Day International ODI match in Sydney to the hosts by 34 runs. Rohit Sharma’s brilliant 22nd hundred gone in vein, but definitely reduced the margin of defeat.

Australia set a target of 298 runs for India. Three of the top four batsmen were dismissed for a single digit score.

MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma combined together a 134 run stand for the 4th wicket. MSD was sent back to the pavillion by debutant Jason Behrendorff shortly after MS completed 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.

Australia had a slow start but in the last 10 overs, the Aussies’ managed to get 93 runs. Australian batsmen Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis were 47 not out got the momentum towards Australian side. Batsmen Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) scored their half centuries.

Pacer Jhye Richardson (4/26) rocked the Indian middle and picked up best career figures. Behrendorff (2-39) joined the party.

India was struggling at 21-3 in the first ten overs but Sharma and Dhoni took the toal to 141. Things looked good for India until Dhoni’s dismissal in the 32nd over.

Earlier the Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav grabbed 2 wickets each, Jadeja took 1.