13 Jan 2016

Rohit's heroics not enough for India

7:44 am on 13 January 2016

The Australia captain Steve Smith and George Bailey both scored centuries as Australia chased down a 310-run target to win the first one-day cricket international against India by five wickets in Perth on Tuesday.

Smith made 149, his highest ODI score, but ws dismissed just two runs short of victory and left the ground shaking his head before watching his team seal victory with four balls to spare.

Australia captain Steve Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith. Photo: Photosport

Opener Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 171 to lift India to 309 for three after the touring side won the toss and chose to bat first in superb batting conditions at the WACA ground.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan (nine) early but Rohit, the only cricketer with two double centuries in this format, and test captain Virat Kohli (91) laid the platform for a late flourish with a 207-run stand for the second wicket.

India left-arm paceman Barinder Sran (3-56) gave his side a dream start on his debut by dismissing hard-hitting openers Aaron Finch (eight) and David Warner (five) in successive overs to reduce Australia to 21 for two.

But Bailey (112) scored his third ODI hundred and added 242 for the third wicket with his skipper to take the match away from India.

Bailey was lucky to survive an appeal for caught behind on the first ball he faced with television replays confirming Bran's delivery brushing his glove on the way through to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India also missed several opportunities to run the right-hander out when their throws failed to hit the stumps.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin sent back Bailey and Glenn Maxwell (six) in successive overs to give India hope but it was too little, too late.

The 28-year-old Rohit, whose 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 remains the highest individual score in the 50-over format, hit 13 fours and seven sixes.

Rohit Sharma struck the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia, surpassing Viv Richards's but it still wasn't enough to take his side to victory.

Rohit Sharma struck the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia, surpassing Viv Richards's but it still wasn't enough to take his side to victory. Photo: Photosport

Rohit's 163-ball knock was the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia, overtaking West Indies great Viv Richards's unbeaten 153 in 1979 in Melbourne.

Kohli fell in unselfish manner trying to score quickly for his team and was out caught close to the boundary rope by Aaron Finch off paceman James Faulkner, who finished with figures of 2-60 in his 10 overs.

Paceman Scott Boland made a forgettable debut for Australia as he gave away 74 runs in his 10 overs while the other debutant Joel Paris also went wicketless, conceding 53 in his eight.

Brisbane will host the second match of the five-game series on Friday.

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