Rohit Shama's lone fight was not enough to find a victory against Australia in the first ODI and Australia beat India by 34 runs at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Indian innings ended at 254/9.
India lost the game when Rohit Sharma, who scored 133, surrendered by allowing a catch to Glenn Maxwell in a good length delivery from Marcus Stoinis after built tensed moments among Australian players till the last minute. Rohit Sharma was in good form but there was no other Indian batsmen were there to give a solid support on the other end and at tail-enders were in immense pressure as there were not enough balls to play to reach the winning target. None of the other batsmen except Dhoni (51) could make any resistance to Australia.
Chasing a winning target of 289, India lost three early wickets in the first three overs. But soon, Rohit and Dhoni built a spectacular partnership in the third wicket and brought back India’s fight against Australia. After Dhoni(51) succumbed to LBW, India lost another quick wicket of Dinesh Karthik(12). This was Rohit Sharma’s 22nd century.
Earlier, Australia, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 288 runs in 50 overs.
For Australia Jhye Richardson scalped three wickets while Marcus Stoinis got two.