Rohit Sharma’s classy 133 went in vain as India failed to chase down 289 against Australia and lost the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground by 34 runs. Rohit got virtually no support from the other Indian batsmen: MS Dhoni with 51 off 96 balls was the second highest scorer.
Shikhar Dhawan was out for a golden duck, Virat Kohli fell for 3 and Ambati Rayudu perished for a two-ball duck as India slipped to 4 for 3 off 3.5 overs against a top-quality Australian pace attack. Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson bowled with a lot of heart to leave the strongest batting line-up in the world shaken and rocked.
But India were not willing to give up that easily. Rohit Sharma, the second highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2018, was slow to get off the blocks but when he got off the mark with a six, it was clear he was going to keep India in the hunt and wage a heroic battle. He had in MS Dhoni an able ally but the former captain had not scored an ODI half-century since December 2017.
There was no way Australia could relax with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumara – capable bats both – to follow. Jadeja did not last long and fell to Richardson with India slipping to 213 for 6. And when Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 133 in the 46th over, it was only a matter of time before Australia wrapped up the game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar delayed the inevitable and managed to lower the deficit of defeat but at the end of the day, Australia were just too good.
After this defeat fans were so much disappointed and showed their anger through trolls and abuses. Check out some of them here :
What an awful shot by Dinesh Karthik. Very disappointing. #AUSvsIND
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) January 12, 2019
Ages of India’s batting Top Seven in the Sydney ODI:
Rohit Sharma – 31
Shikhar Dhawan – 33
Virat Kohli – 30
Ambati Rayudu – 33
MS Dhoni – 37
Dinesh Karthik – 33
Ravindra Jadeja – 30
This is the 1st time India has fielded a Top Seven ageing 30 and more in an ODI. #AUSvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 12, 2019
— Muthu Muhilan (@MuthuMuhilan16) January 12, 2019
Rohit Sharma’s ODI centuries against Australia in Australia:
138 at MCG (India lost)
171 at Perth (India lost)*
124 at Brisbane (India lost)
133 at SCG (India lost)
You got to feel for this man!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 12, 2019
India lost the first Odi match to Australia by 34 runs
Rohit Sharma 133 and rest batsman put togather were short of 30 odd runs from Rohit.
— Kamal Sharma (@KamalSh50175718) January 12, 2019
So India Lost and People Want To Blame #MSDhoni
Remember Dhawan and Rayudu Scored 0.
— Adarsh Agarwal (@adi_1323) January 12, 2019
Has Dhoni become a weak link in middle order. Once again India lost match because of slow batting of Dhoni. pic.twitter.com/INNKjnSgZL
— ramesh sharma (@rameshs44363959) January 12, 2019
India lost. Why ? Because Dhoni , Kohli and Rohit fans are trolling each other 🙁🙁 #AUSvIND
— Prashanth Sowdi (@psowdi) January 12, 2019
— Ravi Kundurthi (@RaviKundurthi) January 12, 2019
Jadeja is just pile of shit.#bringbackPandya
— Akki (@CrickPotato1) January 12, 2019
Man of the match for Australia: Karan Johar #AUSvIND
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 12, 2019
For the few matches Manjrekar was away, India won its 1st away test series in Australia, Now he’s back 😂
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 12, 2019
*Watching 1st ODI V/s Australia*
Went to kitchen to drink water, Missed Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Raydu’s Innings.#AUSvIND
— Shivam (@Oye_Jahazi) January 12, 2019
Now we finally know what that gift hamper on Koffee with Karan contains:
A return flight ticket from Australia ✈️
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) January 12, 2019
Australia finally managed what they could not during the Test series – a substantial batting effort by the middle-order.
Australia would be particularly pleased with the efforts of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis whose cameo at the end helped Australia plunder 93 runs off the final 10th over of their innings.