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A late resurgence from Australia’s batsmen and brilliant effort from their bowlers helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Indian National Cricket team at Sydney.

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During the chase, India had the worst possible start as they lost their first three-wickets inside four runs with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Ambati Rayudu already back in the hut. Jason Behendroff and Jhye Richardson shed fire as the Indian top-order looked unsettled. Rohit Sharma stood tall from one end while MS Dhoni joined him at the other end. The duo added more than 100 runs for the fourth wicket to bail India out on danger.

MS Dhoni, who was going through a poor run scored a half-century thus helping Rohit Sharma to play his shots. But Dhoni departed soon after reaching his fifty while Rohit Sharma carried on. He also stitched a small partnership with Dinesh Karthik before that latter departed. Although Rohit played a magical knock of 133 runs, it was not enough to secure a win for the Indian National Cricket team.

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Previously, Australia banked on a late resurgence from their batsman after an early collapse to post 288 runs on the board. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh started to rebuild the innings. They both scored their individual half-centuries before departing. Since then, Peter Handscomb (73) and Marcus Stoinis (47) shifted gears to take the attack to the opposition. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets apiece for India.

Here are the statistical highlights from the first ODI between Australia vs. India :

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes his 100 ODI wickets. He is the 19th Indian to achieve this feat

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 95 ODIs to take his 100 wickets. He is the fifth in the list of Indians who took the most ODIs to reach 100 wickets.

  • MS Dhoni completes his 10,000 runs for Indian National Cricket team in One-Day International cricket.

  • Rohit Sharma now has seven hundred against Australia. He is third in the list of batsmen with most centuries against an opponent led by Sachin Tendulkar with nine against the Aussies.

  • Rohit Sharma now has scored an ODI century against Australia at FOUR different venues in Australia (MCG, WACA, Gabba, SCG). No other player has scored ODI 100s at more than two venues in Australia against Australia

  • This is Indian National Cricket team’s 19th loss at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, India have lost 37 times in Sharjah while 20 times at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  • Rohit Sharma has now hit 64 sixes (and counting) against Australia in ODIs – the most by a player against an opposition in ODIs, going past Shahid Afridi’s 63 sixes against Sri Lanka in ODIs.

  • Australia becomes the first team to win 1,000 international matches.

  • Rohit Sharma now has struck 26 sixes against Australia while Shahid Afridi 25 over boundaries to his name against Australia.

  • Rohit Sharma now has centuries in nine different grounds around the world and finds himself in the fourth place after Sachin Tendulkar (19), Virat Kohli (13), Sourav Ganguly (11).

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making...