India vs Australia, LIVE Cricket Score, 1st ODI in Sydney: Rohit, Dhoni resurrect after losing three quick wickets
India vs Australia, Live Score, Latest Updates, 1st ODI: Dhoni flicks the full delivery first ball for a single followed by a beautiful drive from Rohit for a four. A single for Rohit with a push to long-on and one for Dhoni as he tucks it to square leg. Seven off the over.
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Preview: Buoyed by their first-ever Test series victory Down Under, the Indian team will look to maintain their winning ways in the shorter format when they take on Australia in the first ODI at Sydney on Saturday.
The three-match ODI series is being seen as one that will mark the start of World Cup preparation for both India and Australia, with the quadrennial tournament just five months away.
India opted to rest pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for the series in order to give him some much-needed rest after a hectic season, and Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami are expected to handle pace duties alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
While the visitors have a solid top three in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli, it is their middle order combination which is to be pondered over. While veteran wicket-keeper-batsman MS Dhoni returns to the fray and is expected to occupy the No 5 slot, with Kedar Jadhav at six, the absence of the suspended Hardik Pandya leaves room for the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja at 7.
Australia, on the other hand, opted to rest the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for the one-dayers. The hosts announced their playing XI earlier on Friday, with Peter Siddle making his ODI return after a gap of eight years, joining a bowling unit that comprises Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson and Nathan Lyon.
The team announced by skipper Aaron Finch also included Alex Carey, who is set to open the innings alongside the captain. Carey had been batting in the middle order during the home series against South Africa, and his promotion to the top of the batting order has been done by the Australian team management keeping the World Cup in mind.
Australia XI for 1st ODI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.