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Ind Vs Aus Sydney ODI: Handscomb, Richardson Powers Aussie To 34 Runs Win Over India

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| January 12 , 2019 , 18:08 IST

Aaron Finch's Australian team displayed some excellent all-round skills to beat India in the 1st ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) by 34-runs on Saturday.

Batting first the hosts rode on high on Handscomb's 73-runs, Usman Khawaja 59 and Marsh's 54 runs knock to post a massive total of 288/5 in their 50-overs.

For India Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the pick of the bowlers as the duo grabbed 2-wickets each.                                      

Opener Rohit Sharma's valiant century went in vain as the tourist fell short by 34-runs by losing 9-wickets for 254.  

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Chasing a healthy 289, Rohit anchored India's innings with a breezy 129-ball 133, laced with 10 fours and six sixes to overcome a sloppy start before pacer Jhye Richardson's 4/26 brought the hosts back to restrict the visitors to 254/9 at the end of 50 overs.

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (51) also came up with a defiant half-century and shared a 137-run fourth wicket stand with Rohit but eventually failed to take the men-in-blue over the line.

Brief Scores: Australia 288/5 (Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59, Shaun Marsh 54; Kuldeep Yadav 2/54, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/66) beat India 254/9 (Rohit Sharma 133, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51; Jhye Richardson 4/26, Jason Behrendorff 2/39) by 34 runs.