Australia rode on a dominating all-round display to thrash a lacklustre India by 72 runs in the first cricket one-dayer here today.
Electing to bat,the visitors piled up a mammoth 304 for eight relying on captain George Bailey’s 85 and Aaron Finch’s 72 and then shot India out for 232 in 49.4 overs to take 1-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series.
The Indian run chase under lights at the MCA Stadium never get going against the sustained and aggressive Australian bowling attack.
The visiting side,who were handed a four-wicket defeat in the one-off T20 International at Rajkot on October 10,bowled a disciplined line and length and choked the Indian batsmen in the middle overs.
Ravindra Jadeja (11) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (19) could not pull the team around after India slumped to 166 for five by the 35th over just before the power play and their dismissals in successive overs effectively ended the match.
Australia had lost by four wickets in the opening game of their short tour,the one-off T20 International at Rajkot on October 10.
The two sides now moved to Jaipur for the second ODI on October 16.
India began the stiff run chase on a cautious note against some very accurate and aggressive bowling in the initial power play overs by left-arm pacer Johnson,who was rested for the T20 game,and right-arm pacer McKay.
Dhawan and Rohit were tested with some three quarter length balls interspersed with short rising ones and the latter was lucky to edge one just short of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off McKay.
The opening stand was broken by young left-arm pacer Faulkner who lured Dhawan with a ball that swung away a bit for the batsman to edge to stumper Haddin.
The stumper,however,got hurt while celebrating the fall of the wicket and had to hand over the wicket keeping duties to Phil Hughes to take treatment in the dressing room.
Rohit slowly grew in confidence and struck Faulkner for three fours in the ninth over to pep up the run rate.
The second wicket duo of Rohit and Kohli had added 40 runs with the former looking in good touch before he threw away his wicket by top-edging in an attempted slash to stop-gap wicketkeeper Hughes who took a good catch. The Mumbai batsman hit six fours in his 47-ball knock.
Rohit’s dismissal brought in Raina together with Kohli,but the run-rate dipped. It needed some aggressive batting from the young duo and Kohli set the tone by striking successive fours off part-time spinner Voges while Raina,who scratched around till then,stepped out and lofted Doherty over the straight field for his first six.
The duo’s half century stand brought India back on track in the run-chase. But the dismissals in quick succession of Raina and Yuvraj Singh (7) for the addition of just five runs pushed India on the backfoot again.
Kohli,who reached his fifty in 64 balls,was trapped leg before at the team score of 166 by Watson. After a brief partnership of 26 runs for the sixth wicket,Jadeja was caught brilliantly at mid on by Australian skipper Bailey.
Then Dhoni lost his off stump to McKay in the 41st over at 196 to signal the end.