Australia Strike First With 65-Run Win Over India

Australia Strike First With 32-Run Win Over India
Australia Strike First With 32-Run Win Over India
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Australia 216-5 (Wade 67) beat
India 151 (McKay 4-20) by 65 runs
Commonwealth Bank Series, Melbourne

Australia opened the Commonwealth Bank One-Day International series by beating India by 65 runs in a rain-reduced match in Melbourne.

In a game limited to 32 overs per side, the home side made 216 for five thanks to 67 from Matthew Wade and 61 not out from David Hussey before Clint McKay returned four for 20 to dismiss India for 151 in reply.

Wade continued the excellent form he showed in the opening Twenty20 International by making 67 in 69 balls, hitting four fours and two sixes but Hussey was magnificent in hammering 61 in just 30 balls.

His innings included four fours and three sixes and brother Michael weighed in with 45 in 30 balls as Australia accelerated towards the end of their innings.

Ranganath Vinay Kumar worked hard with the ball to take three for 21 with the wickets of David Warner (6), Ricky Ponting (2) and Michael Hussey.

Mitchell Starc then struck quickly to dismiss Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (5) and Sachin Tendulkar (2) before McKay removed Virat Kohli for 31 and Rohit Sharma for 21 as India's innings stalled.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (19) attempted to get India back on track but they were unable to do so, McKay also accounting for Jadeja and Xavier Doherty having Dhoni caught by Warner.

After Ravichandran Ashwin (5) and Rahul Sharma (1) dismissed cheaply, Praveen Kumar and Vinay hit out to make 15 and 12 not out respectively until their cameos were ended when McKay ended the innings with Praveen's wicket, caught by Ryan Harris.

The series continues in Perth on 8th February when India meet Sri Lanka.

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