India vs Australia, 1st ODI (D/N), Sydney, Jan 12 2019
Match Result: Australia won by 34 runs
Player of the Match: Jhye Richardson
Match Report: An upset to start the series. Australia defend 288 despite a stunning century from Rohit Sharma. India were 3 for 4 early, Behrendorff and Richardson striking in the powerplay itself. Richardson removed Kohli and Rayudu. Rohit and Dhoni rebuilt. But Dhoni was unfortunate to be given out LBW and the chase never recovered despite Rohit making 133.
Jhye Richardson | Player of the Match: “Credit to them. They gave us a run through the middle. But like Finchy said when you get teams three down that’s what you aim for. Getting (Kohli) is one that I’m going to treasure for a long time. But more happy to get the win.”
Aaron Finch | Australia captain: “Very pleased. We knew that they’d try and take it deep and luckily we were able to take wickets and stem the flow. I thought we were around par. I thought with the earlier start, dew wouldn’t come in.
We felt the wicket would slow up a bit so I thought it was par. I thought the partnership between Khawaja and Marsh set us up and Pete Handscomb payed a gem. Anytime you get a team three down early and three big guns it’s very important.
I thought Jason handled his nerves brilliantly. And then the youngster Jhye is full of confidence and he’s got a bright future ahead of him. There’s always room to improve.”
Virat Kohli | India captain: “We’re not very pleased with the way we played. I think we were fine with the ball. That wicket was 300 plus par. I think we did well with the ball. We thought 288 was quite gettable. Losing three wickets upfront is never good.
I thought Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him but I thought we could have done better with the tempo of the game and we fell short. They took the game deep to give us a chance. MS got out at that stage. That put pressure on Rohit. One more good partnership and we would have got close.
But losing three wickets up front was the problem and Australia were professional enough not to let us back in. I think we have to take it as a day when Australia played better than us. We’re not too stressed about results. I think days like these make you aware of things you have to work on as a team.”
Rohit Sharma : “Bhuvi was outstanding to pull things back for us. Vijay Shankar is in the squad, he’s an allrounder, so that gives us an option to play around with – but we’ll see how we go.
But backing five bowlers and seeing it come off is pleasing as a captain. You look for little moments to pump you up, get into the zone, and that’s what I was trying to do. I tried to stay as aware as possible in recognising the moment to strike.
I thought those 2-3 overs were the moment, to bring the gap between runs and balls down. When it comes off it looks good. It was a really tough day.”
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