Sydney, Jan 12 : Riding on Peter Handscomb,Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh's brilliant fifties, Australia posted a challenging total of 288 runs in their stipulated 50 overs against India in the opener of the three-match One Day International (ODI) series here at Sydney Cricket ground (SCG) on Saturday.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.
Australia got off to a bad start as their captain Aaron Finch dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six runs in the third over of the match, giving the visitors first breakthrough of the maiden match of the three one-day series.
Left-hander Usman Khawaja replaced his captain and added 33 runs with Alex Carey for the second wicket. Carey was caught by Rohit Sharma off Kuldeep Yadav for 24 off 31 balls.
Then, Shaun Marsh and Khawaja stitched together a crucial partnership of 92 runs for the third wicket, taking the Australian tally to get past 100 runs mark.
Khawaja after scoring his fifth ODI fifty was removed by Ravindra Jadeja in the form of leg before wicket (LBW) for 59 off 81 balls.
Peter Handscomb and Marsh (54 off 70 balls) added quick 53 runs off 35 balls for the fourth wicket partnership. The chinaman bowler Yadav flighted the ball and Marsh tried to go for the big hit, ending up with giving the catch at long on reason to Mohammed Shami.
Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis took the Australian tally to 254 runs in 47 overs. Handscomb, who was looking dangerous, departed for 73 runs, hitting six fours and two sixes. Shikhar Dhawan took his catch at extra cover boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 47th over.
Towards the end, Stoinis played some big hits, taking his team's total to 288 runs.
Bhuvneshwar conceded 18 runs in the last over.
Kumar and Yadav bagged two wickets each in their 10 overs quota, while Jadeja took one wicket for 48 runs in 10 overs.
Peter Handscomb was the high-scorer from the hosts side with his 73 runs.
Right-arm medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar reached the 100-wicket mark during the match, becoming the 19th Indian bowlers to reach the land mark.
Jason Behrendorff has earned his maiden ODI cap, becoming the 227th ODI player for Australia. He got his cap from the great former medium pacer Glenn McGrath. (UNI)