Fast & furious
Rookie quick Richardson’s 4-for sinks Team India, Dhoni’s slow 96-ball 51 draws flak in ODI opener
AMASTERFUL century from Indian maestro Rohit Sharma was not enough to get India over the line as Australia’s quicks successfully defended 288 thanks to a career-best four-wicket haul from Jhye Richardson.
Sharma blasted 133 off 129 balls in a brave effort to keep India in the contest. But the conversation on Twitter centred around Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 96-ball 51.
Sharma and Dhoni put on a vital 137-run stand but the required run-rate kept climbing through the partnership. Dhoni, in particular, struggled to rotate the strike early in his innings and his wicket fell just as he was starting to play a few more shots.
“Rohit was outstanding, MS supported well. They batted well and they took the game deep. Deep enough for us to think that we had a chance. MS was just looking to accelerate and he got out,” said India skipper Virat Kohli after the game.
Richardson finished with his best ODI figures of 4-26 off 10 overs and bowled with impressive pace and vigour.
Australian players celebrate their victory over India in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma’s hundred goes in vain. (Left) Jhye Richardson celebrates a wicket in Sydney.