India vs Australia: Jhye Richardson, Rohit Sharma top Sydney ODI report card; skippers Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch fail
Australia put behind their wretched form in ODIs to eke out a morale-boosting 34-run win in the first ODI of the three-match series at Sydney against India. Opting to bat first, the hosts were spurred on by half-centuries from Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb and a late flourish from Marcus Stoinis, which took them to 288/5. Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff then dented India's run-chase by reducing the visitors to 4/3 and even a 'Hitman' hundred could not give India a win. Here is our report card from the first ODI.
Just five ODIs old, Richardson had India on the mat in the fourth over when he sent back Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the space of two balls to reduce the visitors to 4/3. The Perth Scorchers seamer, who had enjoyed a pretty good Big Bash season until the Australia call-up came, was in good rhythm and had Kohli caught at square leg. He followed it up by trapping Rayudu in front as India lost the cream of their top order. He returned to dismiss Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja in the death to make it his career best figures (4/26).