Aus vs Ind, Sydney

Australia won by 34 runs

Ind - 254/9 (50 Ovs)
Aus - 288/5 (50 Ovs)

Summary Scorecard

Australian coach Justin Langer would be a very proud man for both his Perth (Scorchers) lads did a mighty fine job playing their first game against India who are high on confidence after the Test series. Wasn't long ago they were dancing at the SCG. Australia will be happy to kickoff the World Cup year on a winning note. Remember they won only 2 of the 13 ODIs last year. And with this win, they've got a terrific opportunity to seal the series in the next game or maybe in the final ODI. The next one's at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday (15 January). Do remember to tune in for that. Until next time, it's sayonara from Raju Peethala, Ramakrishnan, Nikhil Jadhav, Varun Dixit, Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Venky. Have a great rest of the day/evening/night folks. Cheers!!

Jhye Richardson, MoM: They are a quality side. Credit to India as they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs. For a period they had the game under control. When you have a team three down early, it becomes difficult to bounce back. I am very happy to get (Kohli's) wicket, I'll treasure it for a while but more than that, I'm happy with the win. As a bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and research, being professional out there. I think it was about assessing the conditions more than anything else. I didn't need to bowl the slower balls earlier but felt like bashing the wicket was quite difficult to score off. In the end, it became easier to bowl the slower deliveries as the ball got softer. My finger's fine.

Aaron Finch: Yeah, very pleased with the performance. I think the way they rebuilt, Rohit and MS, we knew they will take it deep and we managed to pick up the wickets at the right time. I thought we got a par total, the partnership between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh was very good in the middle overs and Peter played a gem. In the middle period we played really well. We didn't score a lot of runs in the middle overs but we saved the wickets for the final overs. We have powers hitters like Maxi and Stoinis at number 6 and 7. Jhye and Jason are full of confidence, they have great skill sets and both have a good future ahead of them. We can always improve, our execution with the ball was at times off. It will be a good series.

Virat Kohli: We are not very pleased with the way we played. I thought we were fine with the ball, score of 300+ was par on that wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable on that wicket but losing three wickets in such a short span of time is never good. Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game. They took the game deep, deep enough for us to feel we have a chance. MS got out at the wrong time as he was looking to up the scoring rate at that point. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close to the target. We lost early wickets and Australia were professional enough to not get us back in. Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball so you can't really look too much into it and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. These things happen in ODI cricket but you don't stop playing shots. I think we have to take it as a day on which Australia played better than us. We are not stressed about the results, we need to figure out the things we need to improve as a side. Looking forward to the World Cup, I think every side has to have the best combination. The defeats like these make you aware of the things you need to improve on. We just want to play good cricket and correct our mistake in the next match.

21:21 local,15:51 IST: Australia looked [10-20] short at the halfway mark, but wasn't to be. The selection of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson worked wonders for the home team. They've pretty much wrecked India's chase inside 4 overs by removing three of India's top four batsmen and gave nothing away during the powerplay overs. India were 21/3 after 10 overs, but Dhoni and Rohit got together to spring some life into this contest as the duo managed a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket revving up hopes for the Indian fans. Just when things looked promising for India, Dhoni was wrongly adjudged lbw and Rohit just couldn't find any support at the other end. Rohit Sharma = 133; rest of the batsmen = 106. And you don't win too many games with such scorecard reading.

49.6 Stoinis to Shami, out Caught by Maxwell!! Australia 1-0 up in the series. Nothing to lose for Shami and he thwacked it flat-footed from the crease, Maxwell had all the time in the world to sit underneath and gobble the simplest of catches at mid-wicket. Shami c Maxwell b Stoinis 1(2)

Stoinis to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

49.5 Stoinis to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, dropped by Handscomb! Bhuvi gets a thick top-edge on the pull and the fielder at deep backward square did an excellent job running across to his right and dive full length to nestle the ball . As Handscomb dived, the elbows hit the ground and the ball popped out of his hands

49.4 Stoinis to Bhuvneshwar, no run, jumps down the pitch and toe-ends the drive straight to cover

49.3 Stoinis to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR, makes room and pumps the full delivery in the gap through extra cover. Bhuvi is having fun out there

49.2 Stoinis to Shami, 1 run, off-cutter on the pads, Shami glances to short fine

49.1 Stoinis to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Bhuvi chips the drive over cover, just evades the backtracking fielder at point

Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease

48.6 Siddle to Kuldeep Yadav, out Caught by Khawaja!! Khawaja doesn't drop it this time. Kuldeep went a long way across and had a big swipe at the slower ball outside off stump, dragged off the thick inside half and picked out the man at deep backward square. Kuldeep Yadav c Khawaja b Siddle 3(6)

Siddle to Kuldeep Yadav, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

48.5 Siddle to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, yorker length on the pads, Bhuvi sends the flick into the mid-wicket and is content with a single

48.4 Siddle to Bhuvneshwar, 2 runs, makes room, waits for the slower delivery and spanks it over cover for a couple of runs

48.3 Siddle to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, short and slow on leg-stump, Kuldeep drags the pull from outside off to deep square

48.2 Siddle to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, advances down the pitch and pushes the full delivery into the covers

48.1 Siddle to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR, short and wide, thanks for coming! Bhuvi moves legside and flays this nice and clean over backward point

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