Rohit Sharma Slams 171, but Smith & Bailey Ensure Oz Wins 1st ODI

Australia beat India by five wickets in the first ODI at Perth on Tuesday.

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Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Reuters)
Snapshot
  • Australia beat India by five wickets in the first ODI at Perth.
  • Australian captain Steve Smith’s brilliant 149 and Bailey’s 112 overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 171.
  • India’s Debutant fast bowler Barinder Sran picked up three wickets for 56 runs.

Australian captain Steve Smith’s brilliant 149 overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 171 as the hosts flayed India’s listless bowling attack on their way to a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the first ODI of the five-match series at Perth on Tuesday.

On one of the flattest WACA tracks in recent times, India reached a commanding 309 for three, courtesy Rohit’s unbeaten 171 off 163 balls. Vice-captain Virat Kohli’s attractive 91 was the other significant contribution as the duo added 207 runs for the second wicket.

George Bailey. (Photo: AP)
George Bailey. (Photo: AP)

Smith and Bailey’s Partnership

In reply, Smith, who faced 163 balls, added a staggering 242 runs for the third wicket with George Bailey (112) as the home team knocked off the runs with four balls to spare.

While it was another heartbreaking end to a Rohit century that ended in a losing cause (his T20 hundred and ODI hundred against SA were scored in defeats), Australian skipper Smith again turned out to be India’s nemesis pacing his innings to perfection.

It also turned out to be the highest successful run-chase at the WACA and the third highest in an ODI in Australia.

The Indian bowling attack was below par in the first ODI against Australia at Perth. (Photo: AP)
The Indian bowling attack was below par in the first ODI against Australia at Perth. (Photo: AP)

Poor Indian Bowling Attack

The Indian bowling attack looked completely out of depth as the Smith-Bailey duo never did anything extraordinary but still managed to hammer Umesh Yadav and co with absolute ease.

For India, debutant Barinder Sran (3/56) managed to create an impression with early breakthroughs but the other bowlers failed to join the party.

Especially disappointing were India’s spinnners Ravichandran Ashwin (2/68 in 9 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/61 in 9 overs) looked far from making an impact.

Take a look at the records broken by Rohit Sharma in this match. Rohit Sharma’s 171 Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record.

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