The first ODI of the 3-match series saw Australia plummet India by 34 runs, despite Rohit Sharma scoring his 22nd ton. Having opted to bat first after winning the toss, the Kangaroos lost their ODI captain Aaron Finch in the very third over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Finch out to hand over India their first wicket.
Inside the tenth over, Australia lost another prized wicket of their limited-overs’ vice-captain Alex Carey’s wicket, as Rohit Sharma held off a catch of Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery. However, both Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh built the innings patiently as they negated the Indian bowlers playing watchfully and carefully.
The duo went on to add a 92-runs partnership, and in the process, Usman Khawaja reached to his fifth ODI fifty before perishing back to the pavilion after being declared LBW off Ravindra Jadeja’s delivery. Peter Handscomb joined Marsh in the middle, and the duo added 53 valuable runs to the Men in Yellow’s score. Shaun also went on to reach his 13th 50-overs format fifty, however, trying to up the ante, he was dismissed by Kuldeep after Mohammed Shami took a comfortable catch.
Handscomb along with Marcus Stoinis then went on to add 68 runs to the Australian total. Peter was dismissed for 73 runs after trying to score quickly in the slog overs. Australia managed to post 288 runs in their allotted 50-overs with Stoinis 47 and Glenn Maxwell 11 remaining not out.
At the end of first innings, everybody thought that Australia were 10-15 runs short of Par total, however, this was proved wrong when the Aussie pacers reduced the famed Indian batting order to 4 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. While Virat Kohli managed 3 runs, both Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed for a duck.
The Indian Cricket Team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma along with MS Dhoni then stitched an all-important 137 runs partnership, wherein both the players reached to their fifties before MS Dhoni was wrongly adjudged LBW by the umpire despite the ball pitching outside leg stump. Another 35 runs partnership between Rohit and Dinesh Karthik brought in India closer to the Australian total, however, as soon as Dinesh was dismissed by Jhye Richardson, all was but over for the visitors.
In the meantime, Rohit Sharma reached to his 22nd ODI ton, however, he could not take India past the finishing line as he too perished while trying to bring the required run rate down. A flurry of wickets soon followed which resulted in India handing away a 1–0 lead to Australia in the 3-match ODI series, after being short of 34 runs from the Australian total. Jhye Richardson was declared the man of the match for his match-winning performance of 4/26.
It will be now interesting to see whether India bounces back in the series or will they concede the series to a depleted Australian side without the banned duo of Steven Smith and David Warner.
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