Australia came on top at the end of the first ODI against India with a 34-run victory on Saturday despite Rohit Sharma cracking a 133-run knock.
The hosts, spearheaded by Peter Handscomb’s 73, posted a competitive 288/5 in their 50 overs and when India stumbled to 4/3 inside four overs, the target looked just enough.
Rohit, who missed the final Test to go home for the birth of his first child, celebrated his return to the tour with a 138-run partnership with MS Dhoni (51) to get the innings back on track, however, and while he was batting, India had a chance. But India's middle-order crumbled under pressure after the fall of Dhoni on 51. The tail fought for a while before succumbing to the scoreboard pressure.
Here are key stats from first ODI:
- Australia become the first team to win 1000 international matches.
- Rohit Sharma hit his 22nd ODI century on Saturday which is the joint third-most by an Indian player in ODIs alongside Sourav Ganguly. This was his seventh century against Australia in ODIs - the second most by any player after Sachin Tendulkar and also the joint third-most for a player against an opposition in ODIs.
- Rohit Sharma has now scored at least a century in each of his last 10 ODI series/tournament, starting from ICC Champions Trophy, 2017.
- Rohit Sharma has now hit 64 sixes against Australia in ODIs - the most by a player against an opposition in ODIs, going past Shahid Afridi's 63 sixes against Sri Lanka. He has also smashed 27 sixes against Australia in Australia in ODIs - the most for any player going past Afridi’s record of 25 sixes.
- MS Dhoni amassed 51 runs in first ODI which was his first fifty in the 50-over format since January, 2018. His last fifty in the format before this knock came against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala in December, 2017.
- MS Dhoni became the fifth batsman to score 10,000-plus runs for India in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli. This was the first occasion since 2010 against Sri Lanka at Dhaka when he came into bat inside four overs of an ODI innings.
- Virat Kohli was dismissed for a single digit score (3) after 482 days and 21 innings in ODI cricket.
- Aaron Finch's wicket was Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 100th wicket in ODIs. He took 96 ODIs for the same - the fifth most for an Indian player.
- Peter Siddle missed 169 consecutive ODIs for Australia between his two appearances - the most by an Australian, going past Brad Hogg’s record of 157 ODIs. He last played an ODI for Australia in November, 2010 before today.
With inputs from Reuters