Australian Cricket team managed to post 288 runs thanks to a late resurgence after Indian National Cricket team bowlers did a fantastic job in the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Meanwhile, Australia didn’t have a great start after opting to bat first as they lost their skipper Aaron Finch early on. The dashing opener was undone by a beautiful inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Finch departs for six becoming Bhuvneshwar’s 100th scalp in ODIs. Despite being struck for a few boundaries, and also overstepping, Khaleel Ahmed has used the bounce to good effect to pose a few questions to Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey. However, Khawaja looked right on song piercing the odd gaps while his partner  Carey scored in boundaries.

Soon when they looked dominatable, Rohit Sharma hanged on to a brilliant catch from Kuldeep Yadav to dismiss Carey. An ill-advised cut shot results in a catch to Rohit at slip as Carey departs for 24, leaving Australia at 41 for two after ten overs.

Since then, Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have done a good job to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. They have put the odd short-pitch deliveries to the boundary adding 50 runs for the third wicket, helping Australia to 91 for two after 20.

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Just as Khawaja reached his half-century off 70 balls, Ravindra Jadeja struck as the southpaw misses one while playing a fancy sweep shot. The batsman opts for a review, but it’s umpire’s call leaving Australia at 133 for 3 in the 29th over. On the other hand, Shaun Marsh also failed to convert a good start, thanks to a brilliant catch from Mohammed Shami at long on.

Peter Handscomb, who attracted a lot of criticism a lot of criticism during the Test series showed absolute class to steer the Australia innings after Indian National Cricket team bowlers did a good job to keep things tight. When things looked going away from their hands, Bhuvneshwar struck back to dismiss Handscomb (73 of 61).

However, Australia ended the innings on a high with late blows from Marcus Stoinis to post 288 runs at the halfway stage. Thus, Aaron Finch & Co will look to carry on this momentum to defend the target and go 1-0 up in the series.

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