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

INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19

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Australia 116/2 (24.4 Ovs)

Shaun Marsh  31 (40)

With a poor record in ODIs in recent years, Australia have a lot of work to do in order to overcome a strong Indian team © AFP

Steady partnership:

Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have done a good job to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. Their partnership is now worth 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.

Build-up:

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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