Ind vs Aus, 1st ODI: Some Positives But A Missed Opportunity For India
It was a belter of a surface at the WACA. So, in hindsight, a total of 309 that India posted batting first, was just about the par score. Still the visitors would see this as a missed opportunity. They had reduced Australia to 21/2 inside five overs with the debutant left-arm seamer Barinder Sran making a serious impression. The 23-year-old should have had George Bailey as well. The Australian middle-order batsman gloved the first ball he faced to MS Dhoni. But umpire Richard Kettleborough was unmoved and Bailey had a reprieve. He made it count, scoring 112 off 120 deliveries and putting on 242 runs with Steve Smith for the third wicket. The Australian captain got to his customary three-figures (149, 135 balls) against India and anchored his team to a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.