Aus end India winning streak
George Bailey (Getty Images)
Pune - Australia ended India's eight-match winning streak by beating the hosts by 72 runs in the first of seven one-day internationals at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.
India's top-order kept them in the hunt, with Rohit Sharma (42), Virat Kohli (61) and Suresh Raina (39) all pulling their weight.
However, when Shane Watson trapped Kohli in the crease, it spelled the beginning of the end as the hosts' momentum fizzled out.
For once, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not contribute to the chase, bowled by Clint McKay for 19, and India were dismissed for 232 with only two deliveries remaining.
James Faulkner only bowled eight overs, but he took three important wickets - those of Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
Earlier, Australia captain, Bailey, opted to bat first and played a captain's knock of 85 to set up Australia for a more-than-decent 304 for eight.
Man of the Match, Bailey, had a solid platform on which to build his innings, following the efforts of openers Phil Hughes (47) and big-gun Aaron Finch (72) who put on 110 for the first wicket.
Hughes and Shane Watson departed in quick succession, but Bailey put his head down to carve out a well-constructed innings that lasted 82 balls before he holed out to deep midwicket with just over three overs remaining in the innings. This wicket gave Ravichandran Ashwin his second scalp in the innings.
Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson and McKay finished off with a flourish, hitting 40 off the last 21 balls to move past 300.
Ashwin conceded 55 runs in his 10 overs, and Yuvraj Singh took 2-34. Jadeja was the pick of the attack with 1-35 off his allotment.
The second match will be in Jaipur on Wednesday.India:
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, SK Raina, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, I SharmaAustralia:
AJ Finch, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, GJ Bailey (capt), AC Voges, GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wk), JP Faulkner, MG Johnson, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty