A fantastic knock of 149 off 135 balls from skipper Steve Smith led Australia to a 5 wicket victory in the 1st ODI at Perth. On an uncharacteristically flat WACA track, the Aussies chased down a target of 310 with considerable ease against an Indian bowling attack that lacked wicket taking capability. Earlier, India were driven by a memorable 171* from Rohit Sharma who bagged his 3rd century against Australia today.
India bat first, Rohit and Kohli take charge
The Indian innings today was all about the 2nd wicket stand between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Following the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the 7th over, Rohit and Kohli got together to script an epic 207 run stand that deflated the Aussie bowlers for the next 38 overs. The two batsmen were vigilant in the first few overs of the partnership, but stepped on the accelerator after the 30 over mark. While Kohli was unlucky to miss out on a much deserved century by 9 runs, Rohit pummeled the Aussies, till the end, with an innings that was dotted with 13 fours and 7 towering sixes. MS Dhoni (18 off 13) and Ravindra Jadeja (10 off 5) chipped in with useful cameos towards the end to take India to a mammoth total of 309/3 in 50 overs.
Steve Smith and George Bailey ease past target
The Indians had a merry time with the bat. And the way they began with the ball, it seemed the Men In Blue would prevail all the way. However, things turned out quite differently soon afterwards. Debutant fast bowler Barinder Sran impressed one and all with the wickets of Aaron Finch and David Warner in his first 3 overs in international cricket. With the two bigwigs back to the pavilion, the hosts were in a spot of bother at that point of time. However, Steve Smith and George Bailey (112 off 120) made sure that there were no more hiccups on the way. Their 241-run stand for the 3rd wicket was the ideal riposte to the Kohli-Rohit partnership during the Indian innings. Both Smith and Bailey went on to score match winning centuries and virtually put India out of the contest before the last 10 overs began. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed both Bailey and Maxwell within a space of 2 overs, but the Aussies were comfortably placed by then. With 4 balls left, the home team strolled to a 5 wicket victory in the end.
Man of the Match – Steve Smith
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