India’s winning streak ended by Aussies

2013-10-14 00:00

PUNE, India — Australia ended India’s eight-match winning streak by beating the hosts by 72 runs in the first of seven one-day internationals at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune yesterday.

India’s top-order kept them in the hunt: Rohit Sharma made 42, Virat Kohli 61 and Suresh Raina 39.

However, Shane Watson trapped Kohli in the crease, and the hosts’ momentum fizzled out.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bowled by Clint McKay for 19, and India were dismissed for 232 with only two deliveries remaining.

James Faulkner bowled only eight overs, but took three important wickets: Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.

Earlier, Australia captain Bailey, opted to bat first and made 85 to set up Australia for 304 for eight.

Hughes and Watson departed in quick succession, but Bailey carved out an innings that lasted 82 balls before he holed out to deep midwicket with just over three overs remaining.

Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson and McKay finished off with a flourish, hitting 40 off the last 21 balls to move past 300.

Ashwin conceded 55 runs in his 10 overs, and Yuvraj Singh took 2-34. Jadeja took 1-35.

The second match will be in Jaipur on Wednesday.

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