ODI Match Live: Australia vs India. India’s tour of Australia commenced Tuesday with the first one-day international match at WACA Ground in Perth.
Australian captain Steven Smith (149) and George Bailey (112) scored centuries to guide Australia to a five-wicket victory over India. For the visitors, Rohit Sharma (171 not out) and Virat Kohli (91) stitched together a 207-run partnership to guide India to a competitive total of 309/3. Australia chased down the total in 49.2 overs.
Rohit and Virat Kohli came together after India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan with the score 36/1. Scorecard.
For Australia, two young fast bowlers (Joel Paris and Scott Boland) made their international debuts. For India, left-arm seamer Barinder Sran earned his maiden call-up. All-rounder James Faulkner returned to the team for the first time since he served a suspension for a drink driving offense.
India’s tour of Australia includes five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals. India have never won a bilateral ODI series in Australia. According to oddsmakers, MS Dhoni’s team has their best-ever chance to rewrite the history books.
Australia are the reigning ODI world champions after winning last year’s Cricket World Cup. India won the World Cup before that, on their home turf, back in 2011. This high-profile contest is being hailed as the battle of the best limited-overs teams in the world.
The teams last met during last year’s World Cup semi-final which was won by Australia. The hosts have lost former captain Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc from that team which defeated India. This new-look Australian team is considered the underdogs against the experienced Indian team led by MS Dhoni.
Use the hashtag #AUSvIND to tweet about the live match.
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