Live Cricket Score: Australia vs India, 1st ODI, SCG

January 12 2019

That's a wrap: A clinical performance from Australia helps them take a 1-0 lead. Over to Adelaide Oval on Tuesday (January 15) as India will look to stay alive in the series. Join us soon.

Post-match comments:

Jhye Richardson, Man of the Match: "Credit to them, they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs. When you have a team three down early, it becomes difficult to bounce back. I am very happy to get (Kohli's) wicket, but more happy with the win. As a bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and being professional out there. I think it was about assessing the conditions more than anything else. Felt like bashing the wicket was quite difficult here. In the end, it became easier to bowl with the softer ball. My finger's fine."

Aaron Finch: "Yeah, very pleased with the performance. We needed to take it deep with the ball and took the wickets at the crucial time. I thought we got a par total, Peter [Handscomb] played a gem. In the middle period we played really well. We didn't score a lot of runs in the middle overs but we saved the wickets for the final overs. Jhye [Richardson] and Jason [Behrendorff] are full of confidence, they both have a good future ahead of them. We can always improve, it will be a good series."

Virat Kohli: "We are not very pleased with the way we played. I thought we could have done better with the tempo of the game. It was a 300+ wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable. Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well. They took the game deep, MS got out at the wrong time. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close. Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. The defeats like these make you aware of the things you need to improve on."

Australia take 1-0 lead:

All over for India as they go down by 34 runs to concede a 1-0 lead in the three match series. Rohit Sharma's 133 went in vain as the top-order collapse and the sedate approach that it forced, eventually cost India the game.

Rohit falls:

He attempts the pull off Stoinis but gets a top edge which lands in the hands of Maxwell deep mid-wicket. With that, India's game is as good as over.

Lack of support for Rohit:

While Rohit has managed to keep India in the hunt with regular boundaries, he isn't getting much support from the other end. Jadeja departs for 8, becoming Richardson's third scalp after finding Marsh in the deep. India are 214 for 6.

Ton for Rohit after Karthik departs:

After Rohit manages three fours off Siddle, Karthik is bowled by Richardson. Rohit then goes on to bring up his ton. He now has hundred in each of his last 10 series. His 22nd in ODIs. India are 201 for 5 after 43, needing 88 more.

The required rate has crossed 10 now. India need 126 off the last 12 overs. The Rohit-Karthik combo is key for India now.


End of a very crucial partnership. Dhoni is out leg-before to Behrendorff for 51 off 96 deliveries. Dhoni misses a flick and is rapped on the pads. Unlucky for Dhoni as the ball had pitched outside leg and he didn't have the option of a review as Rayudu had wasted it earlier. India are 141 for 4.

Fifty for Dhoni:

His first since his knock of 65 against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala in December 2017. This has been a slow innings no doubt - 50 off 93 - but importantly, he has managed to grind it out and help India recover from the early losses. India are 140 for 3 after 32 overs.

Rohit fifty steadies India:

Dhoni and Rohit ensure they don't allow Maxwell to settle in, scoring a boundary apiece in the 24th over. The four for Rohit helps him bring up a half-century, off 62 deliveries. 100 up for India in the 26th over and the 100 partnership comes up in the next. Meanwhile, Dhoni is seen stretching a bit and is struggling with his running.

50 up for India:

A six for Rohit off Lyon helps India past the 50-run mark in the 17th over. The first four of the innings comes in the 21st over as Dhoni manages a wristy cut off Siddle. A lucky break for Dhoni in the 22nd over off Stoinis as he mis-times a pull and the ball just evades Peter Siddle, who could only get a finger to it.

Meanwhile, Deepu has some numbers:

Most runs in Ind-Aus ODIs: 3077 S Tendulkar, 2164 R Ponting, 1630 ROHIT SHARMA, 1622 A Gilchrist, 1450 M Hayden

Rohit opens up:

After nearly nine overs of no boundaries, Rohit dispatches a short delivery from Siddle over the boundary for his second six. This was after he had charged down the ground in his attempt to heave over the on side, only for the ball to travel past backward point. It's Dhoni's turn next as he goes over the mid-wicket off Lyon. India are 44 for 3 after 15 overs.

Dhoni, Rohit in sedate stand:

It has been very quiet for India, with Rohit and Dhoni taking their time. Apart from a six off a free-hit by Rohit, there have been no boundaries for India in the first 10 overs as India move to 21 for 3.

Richardson strikes twice:

Richardson gets the big wicket of Kohli, who clips one straight to Stoinis at short square leg to depart for 3. Rayudu follows soon after, trapped in front, and he costs India a review in the process. India reeling at 4 for 3 in the fourth over.

Poor review, Dhawan departs:

Behrendorff raps Rohit on the pads in the opening over and Australia go for the review. A poor decision that as the ball was pitched outside leg. However, Australia taste success soon after as the left-arm pacer traps Dhawan in front for a duck. This is the first time that Dhawan has been dismissed for a golden duck. In comes Virat Kohli.

Australia finish with 288:

A big final over, which yields Australia 18 runs. Bhuvneshwar, who started well, finishes with figures of 2 for 66. Stoinis unbeaten on 47 off 43 as Australia finish with 288 for 5. Will this be enough against a powerful Indian batting order?

Handscomb falls:

Having been put down off Shami's bowling by Rayudu in the deep, Handscomb scores his second six, off Bhuvneshwar, before finding Dhawan at sweeper cover. He departs for 73 off 61, leaving Australia at 254 for 5 in the 48th over.

Fifty for Handscomb:

With a six off Kuldeep, Handscomb brings up a half-century off 50 balls, helping Australia to 222 for 4 after 44 overs. Kuldeep ends his spell with figures of 2 for 54, going for two sixes in his last over.

Boundaries dry up:

200 is up for Australia in the 42nd over but it's been a while since the last four, which came in the 36th over.

Kuldeep strikes again:

A key wicket at this stage. Marsh, who was looking well set, tried to take on Kuldeep but he ended up miscuing the shot to hand Shami a catch in the deep. Australia are 187 for 4 in the 38th over.

50 for Shaun Marsh - has been a sensible innings from the left-hander. One of patience too. Has now added 50 runs with Peter Handscomb.

150 up for Australia

Jadeja ends steady stand:

A sweep shot proves to be the downfall of Khawaja, who is trapped in front by Jadeja for 59. The batsman opts for a review but it's umpire's call. Australia are 133 for 3 in the 29th over.

Fifty for Khawaja:

He gets there off 70 deliveries. Mostly risk free cricket from him, apart from a reverse sweep for a four that he managed off Jadeja. India also tried Rayudu for a couple of overs but the part-timer was expensive in his second, conceding two boundaries. Australia are 119 for 2 after 26 overs.

Steady partnership:

Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have done a good job to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. A few short deliveries from Kuldeep have been put away. Their partnership has crossed 50, helping Australia to 91 for 2 after 20.

Close call? Not quite:

Walking across the line to Shami and trying a flick, Khawaja misses a slower delivery and is rapped on the pads. The umpire reckons it's not-out, and Dhoni suggested that it was bowler's call regarding the review. India don't go for it, a good decision as replays revealed that it had pitched marginally outside leg and was also going over the stumps.

Kuldeep strikes:

Having bowled a short one that was put away with ease by Carey, Kuldeep comes back well by bowling one close to the batsman's body. An ill-advised cut shot results in a catch to Rohit at slip as Carey departs for 24, leaving Australia at 41 for 2 after 10 overs.

Khaleel poses questions:

Despite being struck for a few boundaries, and also overstepping, Khaleel has used the bounce to good effect to pose a few questions to Khawaja and Carey. A few play and misses as a result but also a few loose ones. A bit of discipline would help Khaleel's cause.

Bhuvneshwar strikes early:

A fine set up this from Bhuvneshwar. With a mix of away going and incoming deliveries, Bhuvneshwar had Finch in two minds. He gets one to sneak through Finch's defences to bag a wicket in his second over. Finch departs for 6, becoming Bhuvneshwar's 100th scalp in ODIs. Meanwhile, Khaleel has been a bit indisciplined, bowling another no-ball and the free hit has been put away for a boundary by Carey. Soft hands means he's able to keep an edge down, for another four.

On the mark:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the attack and he's hit the straps straightaway, rapping Finch on the pads and also finding the outside edge. Both openers off the mark in the opening over. Khaleel oversteps in the second over but bowls a good follow-up delivery to ensure that the free-hit isn't capitalised. But he does offer some width which is put away by Finch for three runs. Australia are 8 for 0 after 2.

Stat attack:

Here's Deepu with some stats regarding most matches missed between two ODIs for Australia:

169 Peter Siddle (2010-19) *; 156 Brad Hogg (1996-02); 149 Nathan Hauritz (2003-09); 142 Matthew Hayden (1994-00); 138 Tim Paine (2011-18)

Toss and teams:

Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat. Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav are making their maiden ODI appearance in Australia.

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed

Aaron Finch: "I think the middle overs we have to get it right, we have identified. We need to brush up there and improve. I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. Freshened up after playing BBL."

Virat KohlI: "We would have batted first as well but some of the players are inclined towards chasing. It's a brilliant wicket to play on, with shorter boundary on one side. It's going to be an exciting chase as I am always inclined towards chasing. Anyways we have to bowl first now. We are always looking to improve. We need to strike when the big games arrive. When two quality players (Hardik and Rahul) are not featuring, it affects the balance of the side. Jadeja is back in the side, let's see what he's got to offer."

Pitch report: "In the last five games, the average score is 327. Nice covering of grass, nice and even. Feels a bit hard too and will assist spinners too. A good batting track, so win the toss and bat first," says Mark Waugh.

Team combinations:

Australia announced their eleven on Friday, with Peter Siddle set to play his first ODI in eight years. Meanwhile, India will wait until the toss to announce their playing eleven, which is moments away.


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the first ODI between Australia and India at the SCG. While Australia will be hoping to relive their glory days, going retro might just inspire them to do that. But they have a lot of work to do in order to overcome a strong Indian team.

Australia have won only three out of their last 24 ODIs, with their last ODI series victory coming way back in January 2017. Meanwhile, India have ended up second best only twice - a loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and a 1-2 series loss to England - out of 11 series/tournaments since 2017. Will Australia be their next on their list? Bharat Sundaresan previews the opening ODI.

However, India do have a couple of issues. One is the non-availability of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended with immediate effect pending an inquiry following their controversial comments made recently in a talk-show. The other is the form of MS Dhoni, who is coming off his most underwhelming year of his career as an ODI batsman. With Jasprit Bumrah also rested, will India find the right combination?

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