1st ODI: Rohit’s ton goes in vain as Aussies win by 34 runs


Sydney: India lost the first match of the three-match One Day International series against Australia by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket ground on Saturday.

With this win, Australia registered their 1000th victory in International cricket.

Indian opener Rohit Sharma (133) scored his 22nd ODI century today. The 31-year-old took only 110 balls to reach the milestone during the first ODI of the series.

In his innings, Rohit hit 4 sixes and 7 fours to reach the century. However, Rohit went back to the pavilion with 133 runs.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) and skipper Virat Kohli (3) were back from the field by the fourth over, leaving Rohit Sharma behind. Number four batsman Ambati Rayudu was also dismissed for a duck in the fifth over.

With Rohit on the crease, MS Dhoni then decided to bat defensively. Rohit and Dhoni took India to 21/3 at the 10-over mark.

With this, Dhoni also became the fifth Indian to score 10,000 runs in the 50-over format

Earlier in the day, Australia put up 288/5 after choosing to bat first at the toss. Peter Handscomb secured a 73-run knock for the hosts, while Usman Khwaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) scored half-centuries. Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 47.

On the Indian bowling side, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja also got a wicket in his name.

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