Rohit Sharma's 22nd ton goes in vain as India lose first ODI against Australia by 34 runs

FirstCricket Staff, Jan,12 2019
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    Rohit Sharma (right) hit 22nd ODI ton of his career. He scored 133 off 129 balls and his innings included 10 fours and 6 sixes. But it was not enough to take India past the total of 288 posted by Australia. AP

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    Australia got off to bad start after they chose to bat first. Aaron Finch went back after scoring just 6 off 11 balls before Alex Carey (left) departed after making 24 made off 31 balls. AP

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    Australia's Usman Khawaja (centre) had a bad Test series but he was adamant on making a point in the coloured clothing. He came to bat when Aussies were 8 for 1 and controlled one end beautifully. He ended up scoring 59 off 81 balls. The other contributor was Shaun Marsh (54 of 70) along with whom he made a partnership of 92 runs for the third wicket. AP

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    Australia's batsman Peter Handscomb (centre) top-scored for the hosts, scoring 73 off 61 balls. He hit 6 fours and 2 sixes to provide stability to Australian innings. AFP

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    Marcus Stoinis (right) provided the impetus at the death of the Australia innings as he hit some maximums and fours to take Australian total to a respectable total of 288. He scored 47 off 43 balls. AFP

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    Jhye Richardson (right) turned out to be the hero of the match for Australia as he picked a four-wicket haul and dented India's chances in the game. He removed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu cheaply and then came back to take wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja. AP

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    Australia got off to a great start in their defence of 289 runs as Jason Behrendorff first got rid of Shikhar Dhawan (0 off 1) before Jhye Richardson got the big scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli to push India on back-foot. AP

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    MS Dhoni scored fifty in the match, a 51-run knock which came off 96 balls. There are two ways to look at his innings. Either he was too slow to cost India the game or he was required to play like that as India were 3 down for just 4 on the board. The fact that Dhoni could not finish the match on a winning note will hurt the former India captain the most. AP

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