1st ODI: Skipper Steve Smith’s 149 overshadows Rohit Sharma’s 171* as Australia beat India by 5 wickets


Perth: Australian skipper Steve Smith’s 149 overshadowed a brilliant ton by Rohit Sharma, as Australia defeated India by 5 wickets in the first ODI at the WACA ground in Perth.
On a batsman-friendly pitch, India posted a formidable 309-run total on board, courtesy a magnificent 171-run knock by opener Rohit Sharma.

Rohit, along with Virat Kohli (91), stitched a 207-run stand for the second wicket, after Josh Hazlewood dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 9 in the seventh over of the innings. The partnership was finally broken by James Faulkner, when in the 45th over, Kohli holed one to straight to long-on.

In reply, debutant pacer Barinder Sran got India off to a good start as he picked a wicket in his second over dismissing Aaaron Finch and followed it with the huge wicket of David Warner.

But after that, wickets were hard to come by as George Bailey and Smith pummeled the Indian bowlers. The duo added a massive 242-run stand for the third wicket and by the time Bailey was dismissed for 112, Australia were already in the driver’s seat.


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