India vs Australia: India lose Sydney ODI despite Rohit Sharma hundred

first_imgIndia vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Rohit Sharma’s classy 133 went in vain as India failed to chase down 289 against Australia and lost the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground by 34 runs. Rohit got virtually no support from the other Indian batsmen: MS Dhoni with 51 off 96 balls was the second highest scorer.Shikhar Dhawan was out for a golden duck, Virat Kohli fell for 3 and Ambati Rayudu perished for a two-ball duck as India slipped to 4 for 3 off 3.5 overs against a top-quality Australian pace attack. Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson bowled with a lot of heart to leave the strongest batting line-up in the world shaken and rocked.But India were not willing to give up that easily. Rohit Sharma, the second highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2018, was slow to get off the blocks but when he got off the mark with a six, it was clear he was going to keep India in the hunt and wage a heroic battle. He had in MS Dhoni an able ally but the former captain had not scored an ODI half-century since December 2017.Slowly and steadily, Rohit and Dhoni started fighting back. Rohit and Dhoni both hit Nathan Lyon for sixes and manipulated the field cleverly. But Rohit was still waging a lonely battle. For the most part of his innings, Dhoni struggled to up the ante and the asking rate kept climbing up.advertisementIndia were still hoping for a miracle. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni added 137 for the fourth wicket to lay a foundation. From 4 for 3, India were 141 for 3 before Behrendorff removed Dhoni. TV replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg-stump but India had lost both their reviews by the 33rd over.AUSSIES WIN! The hosts take a 1-0 lead in the @GilletteAU ODI series with Jhye Richardson leading the way with the ball! #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019Rohit was still taking the fight to the Australians. He brought up his 22nd ODI hundred and 7th against Australia soon after Dhoni’s dismissal and kept the hosts on their toes. But Rohit needed someone to bat along at the other end. He had begun to tire and when Dinesh Karthik dragged a Richardson delivery on to his stumps, it looked like end-game for India.But there was no way Australia could relax with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumara – capable bats both – to follow. Jadeja did not last long and fell to Richardson with India slipping to 213 for 6. And when Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 133 in the 46th over, it was only a matter of time before Australia wrapped up the game.Bhuvneshwar Kumar delayed the inevitable and managed to lower the deficit of defeat but at the end of the day, Australia were just too good.After winning the toss, Australia, in retro jerseys, decided to bat. Aaron Finch would have regretted his decision immediately when he fell to Bhuvneshwar in the third over of the innings. Finch’s opening partner Alex Carey was the second Australian wicket to fall in the 10th over.But Australia finally managed what they could not during the Test series – a substantial batting effort by the middle-order.Usman Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54) and Marcus Stoinis (47 not out) made significant contributions but the real star for Australia was Peter Handscomb, who endured a poor Test series. Handscomb top-scored with 73 off 61 as Australia finished with 288 for 5.Australia would be particularly pleased with the efforts of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis whose cameo at the end helped Australia plunder 93 runs off the final 10th over of their innings.Also Read | Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record for 22 ODI hundredsAlso Read | MS Dhoni hits 1st ODI fifty since December 2017Also Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionlast_img

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