Australia draws the first blood of the 3-match ODI series. It was a terrific team performance by the Australians, which overhauled the brilliance of Rohit Sharma’s stunning knock in the mammoth chase. The hosts won the game pretty convincingly by a margin of 34 runs.

Peter Handscomb was brilliant:

Initially, it was Australia, who won the toss and asked Indians to bowl first. The Australian skipper Aaron Finch carried his poor form, as he was gone for a cheap score to his name. The new opener Alex Carey has got the start but failed to covert it.

Khawaja and Marsh then rebuilt the Australian innings, in a watchful manner negotiating Kuldeep and Mohammad Shami, bouncing up Australia run-rate from 4.11 in first 10 overs to 4.52 in 20.

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Peter Handscomb. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The duo added 92 runs for the 3rd wicket before Kuldeep Yadav sending Shaun Marsh back to the hut. Meanwhile, Peter Handscomb batted beautifully to stabilise the things in the middle. He found the fence more often than not and rotated the strike brilliantly. He finished with 73 to his name.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav bagged a couple of wickets each while Ravindra Jadeja picked up one wicket. Meanwhile, Mohammad Shami bowled well but unfortunately, couldn’t pick up a wicket.

In reply, to the chase, India lost quick wickets, as the scorecard read 4/3. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu walked back for a poor score their names while MS Dhoni hung in the middle to support Rohit Sharma in the middle.

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Rohit Sharma (Credits – Twitter)

The duo added a brilliant century-run partnership for the fourth wicket to send fear down the spine for Australians. However, an error in judgement by the umpire saw Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back to the hut, at a crucial phase of the game.

Once MS Dhoni lost his wicket, Dinesh Karthik found it tough to rotate for Rohit Sharma, which increased pressure on Rohit Sharma. The vice-captain of India tried his heart out in adjusting the run-rate but unfortunately, couldn’t get the support. In the end, it was a comfortable win for Australia to get one point in their kitty.

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