India v Australia, 1st ODI, Pune October 13, 2013

India succumb to Australia pace, batting power


Australia 304 for 8 (Bailey 85, Finch 72) beat India 232 (Kohli 61, Faulkner 3-47) by 72 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia showed just why they have been so successful in ODIs in India, and just why India's usual template of chasing anything their profligate bowlers concede often comes short against the visitors. Their batsmen powered their side over 300 on a slow and, at times, uneven pitch. Their fast bowlers then extracted appreciable bite from the same pitch and used the short ball intelligently to finish the contest by the end of the batting Powerplay. Tellingly, India have never successfully chased 300-plus against Australia, and this was their 11th failed attempt, this time against a side lacking several first-choice players.

The only time India looked relatively comfortable was during the 71-run third-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who was promoted to No 4 ahead of Yuvraj Singh. Shikhar Dhawan had gone early and Rohit Sharma had given away yet another start. The asking-rate was above seven an over, but the duo was keeping up with it. Raina has never hidden his ambition of batting up the order, but that will have to be backed by a curbing of his urge to go for the glory swipe over midwicket, a stroke that serves him well while finishing an innings. He'd seemed to have weathered the inevitable early short-ball test to motor to 39 before he tried the shot against James Faulkner and mishit to third man. India were 137 for 2 when Raina fell; they would crumble to 232.

Mitchell Johnson hadn't played the Rajkot T20 in which India chased 200-plus. He took the first new ball tonight and delivered a searing spell of extreme pace, hitting speeds over 150kph regularly. He also took the key wicket of Yuvraj, the architect of the Rajkot win who came in at Raina's fall, setting him up with a couple of full deliveries before squaring him up with a shortish one and inducing a poke to the wicketkeeper.

Kohli looked the most solid of the India batsmen and made the most runs for his side, playing with his usual limited-overs solidity. As he went past fifty, Kohli seemed to be hitting the cruise mode that he gets in during big chases. His defence was as sure as his driving, but even he was set up smartly, this time by Shane Watson. Three successive short balls - the last of which Kohli went to pull and missed - were followed by a good length delivery. Kohli played across the line and was trapped in front.

Ravindra Jadeja had raced through his overs to deliver a miserly analysis of 10-0-35-1, but faced with varied fast bowling under pressure, he again came across as a limited batsman. A mistimed slog to mid-on ended his misery.

MS Dhoni, who had hung on grimly for a while, got the ball of the match from Clint McKay that pitched on good length and straightened past his defensive jab to uproot off stump. India were 196 for 7, and the Pune crowd had started exiting the stadium.

They had come to see their batsmen dominate, but it was the opposition's that had set the tone in the afternoon. Australia captain George Bailey built on a century opening stand even as wickets fell around him, and his lower order finished strongly.

Overwhelmingly favouring the on side, Bailey was always on the lookout for singles and twos and also quick to pull, sweep and cut, especially against the spinners. He held the innings together, but became the seventh man to fall with the score on 264 in the 47th over. Just when it seemed Australia had lost all their steam, the lower order looted 38 off India's seamers in the last three overs to push their side over the 300-mark.

Before their captain, Aaron Finch and Hughes took their time to get in and then accelerated to leave India looking flat. Finch, after his 89 in Rajkot, was looking in control with another powerful half-century before he mishit Yuvraj to long-off.

Finch played the cut intelligently given the lack of pace, preferring placement over power and often punishing Ishant Sharma either side of point. Hughes crunched several fours through the covers. Australia were galloping now but the breakthrough came for India immediately after the first drinks break, when Hughes nudged Jadeja to leg slip to fall for 47. Watson strode in and mishit his fourth delivery straight to long-on, but Bailey took over, providing his fast bowlers enough margin to do their job.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 16, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Ishant Sharma will not be threat for Australiya, Spinner should bring new trap for kangroos otherwise they are on top

  • on October 16, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    I think Ishant Sharma will not be threat for Australiya.....

  • on October 15, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    India always strong when it comes to Home series. It was so shocked to see Australians win..... India have ability to bounce back.... but beware of ausees........ still they can do any thing at any time at any where in Cricket..... a Pakistani supporter of Cricket.....

  • thinkgood on October 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Pune pitch behaved like an Aussie pitch...really interesting to watch Aussies looking so at home and comfy in Pune. No wonder India lost. But India needs to learn to adopt to such pitches since they would be facing the same attacking pitches in Aus during the upcoming 2015 WC.

  • on October 15, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I think Mishra can b tried out in the nxt ODI.Look at his stats.He deserves a go.Ashwin can be rested.He hasn't been bowling well in limited over contests,so try him out in Tests.Even trying Rahane can b an alternative but don't know wher.#confused

  • cricketIND on October 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Stop lamenting guys. Its just one match! Ishant should be replaced no doubt. troubling fact is that Ashwin is not that penetrating n why did buvi didnt finish his quota. Aus played well in this match so they won... @realfan: it is people like you from our side n blade-runner from sl are spoiling all the good comments of others. sl has also won some matches against us n done well against aus in even in aus. we are still no.1 so dont worry we'll bounce back.

  • on October 15, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar on (October 14, 2013, 20:10 GMT):

    I agree with you. Indian team seems to have just showed up. Unlike the Aussies.

    Regarding the collective failure of Batsmen, it was partly due to the challenge overhauling 300+, on a pitch for 240-250.Which was caused by the collective failure of bowlers and some not so good moves by Captain. The openers failure with the bat also added to it!

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Ishant Sharma will not be threat for Australiya, Spinner should bring new trap for kangroos otherwise they are on top

  • on October 16, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    I think Ishant Sharma will not be threat for Australiya.....

  • on October 15, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    India always strong when it comes to Home series. It was so shocked to see Australians win..... India have ability to bounce back.... but beware of ausees........ still they can do any thing at any time at any where in Cricket..... a Pakistani supporter of Cricket.....

  • thinkgood on October 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Pune pitch behaved like an Aussie pitch...really interesting to watch Aussies looking so at home and comfy in Pune. No wonder India lost. But India needs to learn to adopt to such pitches since they would be facing the same attacking pitches in Aus during the upcoming 2015 WC.

  • on October 15, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I think Mishra can b tried out in the nxt ODI.Look at his stats.He deserves a go.Ashwin can be rested.He hasn't been bowling well in limited over contests,so try him out in Tests.Even trying Rahane can b an alternative but don't know wher.#confused

  • cricketIND on October 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Stop lamenting guys. Its just one match! Ishant should be replaced no doubt. troubling fact is that Ashwin is not that penetrating n why did buvi didnt finish his quota. Aus played well in this match so they won... @realfan: it is people like you from our side n blade-runner from sl are spoiling all the good comments of others. sl has also won some matches against us n done well against aus in even in aus. we are still no.1 so dont worry we'll bounce back.

  • on October 15, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar on (October 14, 2013, 20:10 GMT):

    I agree with you. Indian team seems to have just showed up. Unlike the Aussies.

    Regarding the collective failure of Batsmen, it was partly due to the challenge overhauling 300+, on a pitch for 240-250.Which was caused by the collective failure of bowlers and some not so good moves by Captain. The openers failure with the bat also added to it!

  • realfan on October 15, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    i got to say ausie fans have come of ages.... they have matured enough to applaud their own players, instead of indian bashing..... but other teams fans... especially lankan,( well they dont have any reason to applaud their players, they are in such a state now) at least they can do is keep quite and let in and aussie fans india take over this series.....

  • realfan on October 15, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    tierd of same old ranting... pitch not flat enough ( 3014 is not a flat pitch score? ) , indians cant handle the pace, indians can wiin on slightly different pitch than flat pitch, CT13 was fluke, CT13 was BCCI dominated, only INDIA got square turners there...... i am laughing at our counterparts cricketing knowledge, expecially the ones just below us ( lankans )..... come on guys.... you are in compitative cricketing worl.... we will get many different pitches, we will win sometimes we loose sometimes ( unlike lankans who loose always against us )..... its not like there shpuld be mandatory pace supporting pitch should be made all over the world right?? we have someting callled spin in cricket..... try to learn that..... ciao....

  • GrindAR on October 14, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    One quick thing... They are playing most of their key pace attacks... and asked to flex more... but there are 6 more to go... if one or two pick up injur[y|ies]... will it hamper their ashes?... or do they have different bunch for ashes?

  • GrindAR on October 14, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    One more observation,

    This match had prolonged use of continuous pace upfront.... which was a loosing formula for India for more than 70% of the matches.... and against better players of pace... it will be a 100% case.... but it provided a practical realization for BCCI about how bad they are in that department...

    First 8-11 overs pace and take spin is necessary for India to get back to winning habits... Whenever I see the pattern of pace attack like this... I alwasy feel like... the team decided to give away the match... I've never seen better performing pace trios in Indian camp... ( we can say for a short periods of 1) Z.Khan&Co 2. KapilDev/Srinath/Prasad/Prabhakar (very short time window)... But were not consistent for more than a series at anytime of our playing history...

    So, we have to play to our strengths.... As Aussies are bad at spin.... so are we at pace..... Dont take the defect to heart.... Stop it just in the brain and find the potential... as it is much better

  • GrindAR on October 14, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    It is becoming usual that either Ashwin OR Jadeja clicks in a given match. Times of both clicking together is gone now... Probably Dhoni need to notice that and make his choices in their first 3-4 overs... Raina can be a break through bowler.... It is not compulsory to use our pace attack for more than 25 overs.... if they are not effective, then there should be some other regrouping to go at critical points...

    Probably Dhoni need to find his rhythm back in critical thinking... he should get back to his old habits... He many times proved, that on field captainship alone can make the difference between winning and loosing...

  • GrindAR on October 14, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Team India should forget the threat on #1. They must play their natural game and especially... enjoy their game and give value to their contributions... both bat and ball... should talk... Just pull your socks folks... Make sure you always attack...

    I miss Mohit Sharma.. (probably time for I to be replaced with M)... Vinay + Ishant is never a good combination to share the ends... Vinay with Yuvi/Bhuvi sharing other end will work well.. as their way of thinking atleast keep the batsmen under control...

    btw, how was the fielding?

  • GrindAR on October 14, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    It was first 18 overs made the difference. This pace trio does not work well together. I Sharma need to think himself, is he justifying his attack. It was not just toothless.. it was simply aimless...

    The current Aussie unit is very strong... regardless of who lead them, this opening pair will prove to be Greenidge-Haynes for them... What they provided is called solid foundation,... which they are going to provide for a quiet long time from here on...

    India has task to do, how can they get early breakthroughs... You can work around Finch or Hughes who ever clicks on a given day. Bailey just built on the momentum... Under pressure... he will not be able to maintain that strike rate...

    Key for Indians... getting atleast 3 wickets under 20 overs... else, they will face even better show from Aussies....

  • on October 14, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Jose Puliampatta on (October 14, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

    Just Over confidence & under estimating of the rival team by IND, nothing else.

    MSD management went in with zero plan whereas Bailey & Oz think tank had plans for every IND batsmen. In addition to that Yuvi's wicket made cramp in the Indian camp. Over all collective failures of all batsmen (except Kohli/Rohit) did the damage. The IND bowlers or MSD had no prior plans for any Aus batsmen. All of them were new faces and MS was just thinking about watto.

    It was off day for us but certainly Vinay, Ashwin or Ishant don't find any place in team right now. You are right about later two who should get much needed break otherwise they will surely break.

  • stshekhar on October 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Can someone plz tell me whether our indian team spreadhead Ishant sharma was awarded any Man of the series after playing so much series? If yes, against which team? Thanks in advance...;) If reason for exclusion of Umesh Yadav is leaking too many runs then what these so callled strike bowlers are doing. At least playing Umesh Yadav will give him some experience which is going to be good addition for 2015 World cup in Austrailia. I am not saying this bcoz of one match result/Performance only. Mind It!!!!

  • on October 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Dhawan failed with the bat. I like his batting a lot he's one of my favorites but from the last 2 games he's miserably failing. His shot election is getting very poor lets see what he does in the upcoming. Odis

  • on October 14, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    The young team led by MSD won the Champions Trophy couple of months back. Some of the cricketers are coming back from the layoff. It's a long series and preserve the comments please

  • Valavan on October 14, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Very funny comments from both sides, Australia have won it with their new resources. applaud it. that does not mean India is dented. It can still be a close series than most indian fans anticipate it to be. Indian fans should know India playing consistent ODI cricket since their loss to Pakistan in December. But India had a great 2013. That doesnt mean India is invincible. anyone thinks that, they can dream on. cricinfo please publish.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, I agree we can not sack players based on one match stats. I just vented out using one match stat. We can do such stats for any number of matches including the winning matches.

    Every other cricinfo reader points about ISharma. He is as sure of playing in the 11 as Dhoni himself. Why? Is every one else like UYadav, IPathan, PKumar, MSharma, Unadkat, Mohamad Shami, etc etc etc injured? Or did they all prove inferior to ISharma? We can show similar stats for batsmen as well.

    Does Mr. Sandeep Patil even do any arithmetic on player performances? May the cricket fans know (from the selectors), how many matches failure would qualify for a player to be dropped? What is the rule in BCCI for dropping a player?

  • agniupadhyay on October 14, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Has there been any article written on ESPNCricinfo analysing the role of Suresh Raina in the Indian One Day International XI? He has been a stark mediocrity for the last three years. He doesn't look organized, and does not possess the technique or temperament to win matches for the team. In the clout-ridden and mafiaesque terrain of Indian cricket he seems to be connected with all the right people and platforms. Someone like Cheteshwar Pujara is being ignored or being harshly evaluated because of cronies and lackeys like him. Pujara is a must if the Australian pitches and conditions are kept in mind---World Cup 2015. Raina is one of the manifestations of a deeper sickness in Indian cricket. Authoritarianism, cavalier commercialism and opaque transactions. If there is silence about Raina, it is malicious or callous rather than golden.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 14, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    More notable were the performances by faulkner and maxwell. Both scored useful runs and add to it watson then there are three good all rounders there. If you have to win 6-1 a seven odi series to keep the ranking then pressure will be naturally enormous aussies have risen to the occasion as did poms when india were stuck at number one test ranking for sometime. Test ranking slide was unstoppable after that and same may occur to ODI ranking which improved due to WC win. Unless someone is able to fight the pressure keeping ranking out of focus and relying on good all round cricket for India to win.

  • DineshKanwar on October 14, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Hard luck for Ishant Sharma on his debut match, do not worry mate it happens to best, look some one names Shane Warne. Oh wait... sh**, he had already played 65 ODIs. Sorry buddy, try some other profession

  • gvarun1975 on October 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    The main difference between india and australia in yesterdays match was the bowling.This was not a pitch at all where teams can make scores of 300+ runs.But australians were able to do that only due to the indian bowlers.when anyone absorve the aussie bowles they bowled to their field and know what is the weakness of the batsmen in the crease.but indian bowlers didnt bowl to their field(bowling outside off stump for leg side field and leg stump for offside field).This made the aussie score more than 300+,else it would have been a low scoring match where india could have been a chance to win it

  • on October 14, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Poor bowling let us down: Giving away 300+ on a 250 type pitch is criminal

    1. @Ashwin Ram : Bowlers' primary job is taking wickets. Economy rate is secondary.

    2. @The other Ashwin: Experimental bowling should be tried out and perfected in the nets and domestic matches; not during international.

    3. It was a collective failure of the entire bowling unit, aided by the Captain. (Using limited talents in bowling had been one of Dhoni's strengths; what happened)

    4. Dhoni's use of bowlers had many questionable moments, like (a) Use of Kohli (b) Delaying use of Yuvi (c) Not using the entire quota of Yuvi and Buvi.

    5. May be Bhuvi was not used fully , since he is not good for death bowling. But what prevented Dhoni using Bhuvi's full quota, as early as possible?

    6. While ready to "show" his instant feedback to many, handling Ashwin with "kid-gloves". Since Dhoni will continue to use out of form bowlers like Ishant & Ashwin, the only way to stop that is by selectors "resting " those two.

  • on October 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    this is not a first choice xi aussie team..then tel me which is first choice team...common india its time to prove critics wrong...hit these aussies back i need 6-1 win

  • Nampally on October 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @Sathiya Yorath: You are right in the sense that Australia were the better team in this ODI. It is the poor bowling by Indians which made the Aussie batting much better than it is! Just the 2 seamers, Ishant & Vinay gave away about 125 runs in 16 overs whilst the 4 Aussie Pace bowlers gave away about 150 runs in 38 Overs to capture 8 wkts. That decided the match. Remove Ishant & Vinay from the bowling & distribute those overs between 3 spinners + B.Kumar, you will find a very close result. India lost wkts, chasing 304 when they fell behind initially. If they had 250 to chase India would have won easily. Unfortunately "Would haves" are good in hindsight. With 6 more ODI's to go India should banish Ishant & Vinay & get 2 of better pace bowlers + Mishra the leg spinner. Aussies weakness against the spinners will be exposed badly, as it happened in Test series earlier- Ojha, Ashwin & Mishra sent the Aussies tumbling.Will the Indian Selectors change the tune to make Aussies dance to 1-6?

  • on October 14, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    these indians are always giving more hype for their team . aussies are having a better squad than india if shane and maxwell played with bit more temperment then thats all india will sure to lose 7-0 , australia deserves the 7-0 win and 1st position in the ranking .

  • on October 14, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    wow thats great kohli bowls instead of other 6 regular bowlers . i dont knw whats wrong with dhoni ..why ishant stilll playing (who spark for 1 match out of 20) ... RG sharma is best finisher after dhoni .... he has proven that in IPL .. idk why he is opening (although he is performing well) ...instead others can do it like jadeja (people who thinks he is a batsmen ,i never seen him playing well at that position ) ...

  • kahvas on October 14, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik: Not sure what you mean, but Yuvi, Gambhir, Raina, etc are fairly young. When tendulkar can drag and still play at 40, and no one dares challenge him, players at the age of 31 or 32 should be considered young but fairly experienced. Ganguly was one captain who knew what young talent was, that's y he supported yuvi. The reasons why the team changed under Ganguly was, because he believed in having proper 7 batsman. Especially the 4,5,6 and 7 should be match winners with nerves of steel. Reasons why India have chased very high targets recently is because our match winners play till no. 7 and that's what we need. Jadeja seems like a good bowler at this time, and should be considered one. He does not have the skill to be a good batsman.

  • cricpanther on October 14, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Give more strength to Team Aus by appointing Watto as new captain for Test/ODIs and call back to Steve Smith, Warner, Marsh, Cameron White, Nathan Lyon and ask legendary leg spinner Sir Shane Warne to train/coach and make new young good spinners for australia who can turn on any surface!! I wish team india got white wash by 7-0 at home side and then BCCI can make changes for team india specially, MSD should out as captain for Test and ODIs!! He is just good for runnning, playing football and t20 helicopter shots!!!

  • Yes.Valkyries on October 14, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Edwards_Anderson on (October 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT) AKA Mary_786. Mate This is ODI not test as you mention the name of khawaja. and also Hughes ODI performance is something better than his test performance. Only SPD is the man who claim both spot (test & ODI). now khawaja oo man he got enough opportunity and he completely waste time & money, so its better to say good bye to khawaja, Cowan, Warner and Hughes is on the edge. Ferguson, Cosgrove, Klinger, Marsh, Doolan in the line up.

  • cricpanther on October 14, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Well Done Aussies!! Thanks for showing the glimple of the aussie power-packed-performance. Team India crashed down at home!! Dhoni told his batters that not to loose wicket between 25th over to 35th, but what you are going to do? (badly miss and clean bold!!) is he just want to play last 10 or 15 overs?? Smart Dhoni is fit for t20 only even in odi he wants to play less overs like t20!! Even India will make spinning tracks and playing with three spinners, does not matter, as the first odi shows the real face of MSD. Gauti, Sehwag and Sachin are badly missed!!! If Yuvi won't play last t20, dhoni could not win that game!!! MSD wants other's to perform, and protect him indirectly. If he won't be captain, he has hard chance to play in 11 ! Specially for odis and test, he is not fit. Appoint Gauti as odi/test Captain!!

  • on October 14, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    as an Australian and an Australian supporter I think that this tour is so pointless. ust revenue raising for boards. not even a full strength Aussie side. players will miss 3 first class games which are essential prep for a 5 match ashes series. domestic odi crowds are also pathetic in Australia at the moment because the national players arent there. ICC shouldn't have sanctioned this series either as it detracts from 2 great test series going on elsewhere in the world

  • bhushanB on October 14, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Lets have some specialists here.......look at SL, having all allrounders (?bits & peices?) does not fit the bill...

    Especially, Your openers should be specialists, and then so does your Bat 3 & Bat 4. You can slot it at the most two all rounders/finishers in the team... now Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni, Jadeja (?????) all good finishers, but who is going to set it up for them?

  • bhushanB on October 14, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Too many finishers in the squad, but not many that would set it up...

    Pujara and Kohli can set it up, Yuvi & Dhoni can finish it off...

  • on October 14, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    This was a pathetic performance by Indian bowlers. I just can't understand in a country of 125 crore peoples we have bowlers like Ishant Sharma..Bhubneswar Kumar is good only with new ball, thus as like earlier he should be given his full quota of bowling at a stretch. Like our three medium pacer he is also a pathetic death bowler..Why can't they bowl Yorkers..In our batting, the no reduced to top 6 only..after that like old days its again a long tail starting from jadeja..I can't see India to do well with same squad..In bowling department al least 2 changes are place of Ishant Unadkor/Shami..& for Ashwin/Jadeja Amit Mishra..After 3 rd ODI, for the 4 th to 7 th ODI some other players like A nayar/ z khan should get chance..I personally feel that Rohit Sharma can become a block buster batsmen if he plays freely like he did in IPL & champs league..For Australia I feel that Finch, Bailey can become steady players for them..Maxwell is a really dangerous player..

  • on October 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Would like to say the toouch t20 cricket proved to be the real cause of India fall. They couldn't adjust to the longer format and misplayed shots with respect to ball,time and situation.

  • on October 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Unfortunately Dhoni has always been very stubborn when it comes to team selection .He never changes the. Lineup of a team whether India is up 4-0. To give a chance to the bench players or 0-4 .He does this. Whether hes captaining CSK ( his continued reliance of Holder over DuPlessis ) or India ( noone except him knows why Ishant Sharma is playing limited overs cricket ).Only the selectors can save us from Ishant Sharma and Ashwin by not selecting them in the last 4 ODIs.I know Dhoni has had a lot of success as Captain i still miss Ganguly .He captained imo without indvidual biases about players .For all the India bashers claiming they are flat track bullies India just won the world cup in England and the world cup in 1983 there too .Australia has in fact won the world cup in India .perhaps India needs some paee on the track for mediocre bowlers like Ishant Sharma to have a semblance of a decent game .India though for test cricket plays better at home but not for ODIs!.

  • thecricketcritic on October 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats Aussies for a brilliant display yesterday and proving to many Indian fans, who have been mislead by the Indian presenters & media into believing that it would be a walk in the park for the world champions,that this series is going to be as competitive as ever.There is no point in laying a heavy criticism on the team for just a loss but India urgently need to address certain issues in all the departments especially bowling. Not only was Ishant's bowling hopeless but his poor attitude in the field showed a definite lack of focus&commitment.Its time India bring in some pace into their bowling unit in the form of U Yadav,who might give away runs but at least has some fire in him.The over dependence of the team on its batting can backfire,as it did yesterday when it faces quality pace on helpful tracks. The challenge has been set for India,hope the answer would be with better performances with ball&bat,not with flat low decks.

  • on October 14, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Atleat Ashwin's economy is below 6.Look at Ishant and vinay.They're going at 8 runs per over.Pathetic!!!!!

  • Adam_Leban on October 14, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    If you browse through the amount of runs Indians accumulate, you will see they are mostly on slow and flat pitches. They play so many games compared to other countries, especially at home, where even the stadiums are small. If India wishes to compete and win in Aussie, they will have to front up and learn how to face pace and bounce.

  • Adam_Leban on October 14, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I guess, India will go back to preparing slow and flat pitches for the remaining series, haha. Indians always had problems dealing with pace, bounce and movement. Hence, they have struggled to win series abroad, especially in Aussie. Strong on paper.

  • on October 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Including Yuvraj, there were 6 bowlers in the team. Yet Kohli, with an economy rate of 5.92 and an average of 192!!, gets the ball. Why? His bowling gets hammered. Even Raina (bowler no 7) and Rohit (bowler no 8) may be better, as bowlers, mind you, Kohli is a terrific ODI batsman.

  • Edwards_Anderson on October 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @Sunilbatra agree fully with you champ. Not sure if you guys read the comments form Hayden, Ponting and Healey but all said that we must show greater faith in our younger batsman(i.e Hughes, Khawaja, Smith) if we are to be number 1 again. Hayden't example was great in that he said that in his first few games he was so nervous that after one of the games he walked into a yoga place to relieve the pressure but it didn't work. It was only after 10 odd games in a row before he started finding his feet and look how he turned out. Now if you take someone like Khawaja, he top score in Lords, got a howler in Manchester and was dropped. Hughes had a failed series in India but got only 1 ashes game. How can we expect our best young batsman to develop if we don't give them the time to find their feat. Stop picking on ODI form and reward the young players who have earned theiir way through shield cricket.

  • on October 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    A win is a win & Loose is a Lose at last .....Why all of people wakes up when India looses a match and says they win only in flat teams loosing on flat pitches what you will say then......move on .....appreciate a team who wins but don't disappoint a team who lose...they can show what they are in upcoming matches......

  • on October 14, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni, How you could expect to win a match from world no. 2 team if 1. Your best bowler of the day are your 5th and 6th change bowler. Who are basically in the team for their batting not bowling. 2. If your best fast bowler bowled only 7 overs. Only God(real god not Sachin Tendulkar) knows why Bhuvi bowled on 7 Yuvi bowled only 7 where as Vinay bowled 9 overs. 3. If in slog overs your bowlers are bowling length or full-toss at the leg stump. It was one of the worst death over bowling i have seen. 4. If your best bowler is warming the bench and out of form spinner is in playing 11. Yes, I am talking about Amit Mishra. Just look his performance in last few series. If I am not wrong he was man of the series and highest wicket taker in last ODI series that India played. 5. If you are chasing 305 and in first 10 overs team is scoring 40 odd runs with the loss of only one wicket. 6. And Finally if you are choosing the same side which given away 200 runs in previous T20 match.

  • Int.Curator on October 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Pitch not Dr Enough Too flat and far to predictable!

    It is evident Indian batsmen struggle against pace bowlers. What is worse they have no pace bowlers to net practice against.

    At present on paper India have a superior batting line up . The Aussie batsmen are very dynamic to watch and can surpass India with some consistency.

    It will be interesting to see how much flatter and unpredictable the pitches will become now!

  • PrasPunter on October 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @black_bird " ..test series win at abroad against saf,aus,nz,wi,england.." the last time i checked, your so-called greatest team is yet to win a test series against SAF and Aus away, haven't won a test series in SL for more than 20 years and just lost a home-and-away test series against Eng. So get your facts right before posting something.

  • Cyril_Knight on October 14, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Indian fans are so fickle. In June when they won the Champions Trophy the same commentators were rejoicing over the quality of the team. They have lost ONE match. Why do people demand such radical changes?

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 14, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @swauzzie: Absolutely mayte. The ICC Champions Trophy is the latest and most blatant example of the BCCI dominance. Matches with New Zeland and Sri Lanka playing, the wicket had bounce, and even a score of 138 was tough to chase. India conveniently played matches on square turners IN ENGLAND and now claim that they are the best in the world, all over the world. (All Hail BCCI's Sponsorship Rights) With all due respect, India are the World Champions (at home.)

  • Shaggy076 on October 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Parars Dua; YOu make an excellent point. But there is more too it than just giving someone a ball. The Australian Shane Warne generation has yet to produce a leg spinner to play for Australia. Coaching Junior cricket in the early 2000's every second kid bowled leg spin - and we could not get any of these kids to a test standard.

  • Shaggy076 on October 14, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Mandu Bharadwaj; Im still trying to work out the point you were making. I know the series against England was all of 3-4 weeks ago, but if my memory serves me correct Australia won.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 14, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    wellrounded87 agree with you on Bailey, good short form player like Bevan was(not quite in the same league as Bevan though) but averaged 18 in shield last year so not test quality. I agree with the likes of Hayden, Ponting, Healy that we need to give our best young batsman(i.e Hughes,Khawaja, Warner, Smith)the chance to find their feat otherwise we willl never improve our batting.

  • Rajnish_aggarwal on October 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    In International sport even eighth ranked team can beat top ranked team if top ranked team does even small mistakes. Here it was Second ranked team Australia which is trying to correct the recent mistakes and make a come back. While Australian batsmen batted well, no doubt, but the way they were allowed to score was just unbelievable. When Indians were bowling it seemed that some club team is playing. If Ashwin and Ishant cant bowl simple bowls they must be thrown out of the team immediately. If Australians had scored even 20 odd runs more against a good bowling, we will not mind it. But Indian bowlers bowled so badly that it was absolutely a non starter. the match was already over at the half time way. The proof of it was given by Johnson who bowled at 155 Km speed in the same conditions and Indian batmen were meekly trying to just reduce the margin of loss.If B.Kumar,at his pace,does not have control in line,length & swing then he does not have the right to represent the country.

  • HDG1978 on October 14, 2013, 8:36 GMT


    Am seriously waiting for the end of the road for MSD because that would also bring about the exit of Ashwin, Raina, Ishant and Jadeja (mostly CSK team members of Dhoni) from the Indian team and a new look Indian team minus the dead wood. A jumping Raina at no.4, a bungling Ishant, a clueless profligate Ashwin are certainly a headache for the Indian cricket fan. And to top it all, Dhoni is thinking of giving Raina a extended run at No.4. More pain to fans like me. Any struggling team like the Aussies are currently should fix up a series against India to rediscover their lost form and find their way back to winning ways. When really are we going to see a world-class bowling unit from India on the world stage?. The current one is definitely pedestrian to say the least. Was a fan of Dhoni till Team India started taking the shape of Team CSK.

  • siddhartha87 on October 14, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Still 6 one dayers to go. Series is still wide open. But India must drop Vinay Kumar keeping an eye on wc15. VK 's 120kph will be blasted beond belief in those hard Aussie pitches.Bring some taller faster bowlers . He can get wickets only when batsmen slog him

  • swauzzie on October 14, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @KARNAWAT33 But that is what the BCCI do best! Provide mud bowls (not even dust bowls lol) They have no choice! It's the only way they can negate the strong (though 3rd string) Aussie fastbowling attack!It's totally understandable when you see what they have to draw from as far as fastbowlers go!

  • Gaswell on October 14, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Clint Mckay is the most under rated one day bowler in the world. Mitchel Johnston is finding some rare form and great pace which is terrific to see. Faulkner is showing some serious promise. Watson bowled beautifully. Captain Bailey is proving a very consistent performer at this level and Aaron Finch seems to be finding some consistency. Can they repeat it in the second game? Indias batting was not up to it in this game but they are a class act as a unit and i`m sure they will bounce back. Could be an intriguing series.

  • Devmanus on October 14, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    well played Australian youngsters... congratulations...this is the perfect start.. interesting series indeed.

  • INDSlider on October 14, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Frankly speaking, I expected a 7-0 defeat for us to the extent that Ind team was blown up by the commentators, rankings and Ind cricket fans. Also, considering the weakened state of Aus team with a lot of leading players are missing and ignorance of the shorter format due to upcoming ashes, I never expected single win for us. I am still confused if to take this as showing the fallacy of rankings and Ind domination. Ind team now has a massive task ahead to show the cricketing world that this is not something blown up but this is real by getting the series victory which wouldn't be a difficult task for them.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    if india wants to win the second one day, they have to include Bishen singh bedi and madan lal. they should drop lala amarnath and gundapa vishwananth

  • on October 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    One rare performance by Aus.......An odd stuff by India.

    Odd India & Rare Aus.....Nothing more than once.


    Many script writers spawned from the bunkers.

    Where were they since Celkon cup Tri-series? They appeared last time when MS injured & SL won.

    Hope they won't disappear once again && we don't have to wait for another 4 months.

  • swauzzie on October 14, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    I love the fact that India are still going with Ishant Sharma in their side! At least against Australia he's been a go to guy! If the Aussies need runs, Ishant is always there! lol But having said that, India don't really have anyone else in their fast bowling ranks. Their "fast bowling" cupboard is about as dry as the Aussies "top quality batsmen" cupboard (ie Clarke, Hussey, Waughs, etc). Well done Aussies in the 1st ODI!

  • MichaelBurton on October 14, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @maddy20: I don't see a lot of SL names here mate. It may be less than fingers in your 2 hands. This is called guilty feeling that we find more than half of Ind comments (largely bashing with some good) in SL forums. Anyway Good luck for both the teams. My wishes go for Ausies being my second home, second favourites and no unnecessary bashings for their competitors.

  • on October 14, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, I agree that India can definitely bat better than they did yesterday, we already saw that in the T20 with Yuvi belting us. Raina threw it away yesterday and I really feel that was the turning point, up until then it was looking a close contest.

    Just on another thing, our selectors have copped a lot over recent years but I feel that lately choices like McKay, Faulkner, Bailey and Finch need applauding. None of these guys are the most attractive or graceful to watch but they sure do perform and they are winning us matches. Johnson looks great hitting 150kmph but McKay at the other end was also a huge handful with his accuracy and finding movement off an absolutely ideal length. So then, well done Invers and co.!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Wow ,this Mitch J is on some serious fire and another spell @ 150Kph and above by fastest bowler in the world provided great entertainment to the cricket watchers and esp. pace fans. Even with - apart from Mitch - Aus plaving a 3rd string bowling unit , with a 2nd string batting unit this young Aus side giving home tigers Ind more than a tough fight with 1st game comprehensively in Aus' favour . If big guns Watson and Finch come really good in next few games , young Aus has chance to emulate their mighty and illustrious predecessors' wonderful feats in ODIs in Ind. Back to Mitch , I guess he is still not at full pelt and 'saving' himself for the real fare D/Under which is scary .Expect more 'entertainment' then ,at Eng's expense -:)

  • black_bird on October 14, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Perhaps indian fans are most ungrateful fans in the whole world. This team gave you wc, champions trophy, T20 world cup, CL t20, test series win at abroad against saf,aus,nz,wi,england. and one bad match, you want to drop them all?. Just wait, they will win this series by 6-1. and they will win the wc 2015 with big margin.they will rip saf apart.

  • on October 14, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    What makes Oz not to field this understrength unit against English last summer in England? Do they like to get hammering from England?


    Do they really excelled here?

    Did they look more disciplined?

    But Nice to see a big smile & laugh on their fans here.

  • VinodGupte on October 14, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    three players will be exposed this series. dhawan, raina and jadeja. ashwin will also be exposed if it is possible to expose his limited skills any more.

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Australia played well on the day and won. Why are Indian fans so weird and sadistic. India is definitely a good side, at home. Six more matches to go. I hope Australia keep winning, but then I will appreciate good cricket which will be played by India. But I hope the BCCI doesn't pull one of its usual dirty tricks by presenting Australia with absolute Dust Bowls which are meant for the purpose of 'Kabbadi' not cricket, after seeing what happened in Pune, Looking forward to a good, clean and sporty cricket series.

  • IndiaLetsPlay on October 14, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    This certainly is not the start that the Indian Team wanted for the series. With too much of inconsistency in performance of top players, one only wonders whether the Australian Team has more sting in their delivery or India is still being lazy. Nonetheless, this is definitely going to be an exciting series with so much to see and so many options. However, there was a bit too much of experimentation on part of Dhoni. May be because he knows that the copybook format is good enough to give a good fight. Lets hope for more revival in the game than such one-sided affairs.

  • dunger.bob on October 14, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I'm firmly in the "let's view this result with caution" camp. The thing that keeps flashing a neon sign at me is that I don't think it's reasonable to expect Johnson to keep on kicking the door in the way he did yesterday. India is a bit too good a cricket team to let him make a habit of it imo. .. There will be times, and let's face it, it could be as soon as the next match, when India resists the initial onslaught and get off to a good start. .. What happens then will be the real determining factor in this series. .. In short it depends on how well our OTHER bowlers cope that will decide the course of this series.

    I notice that one or two people have mentioned James Faulkner as a player to watch. I'm with them. Some very experienced judges down here have been saying, albeit quietly, that he is the best Aussie all-rounder since Allan Davidson who was around in the 1950's. ... A massive call I think, but I can't wait to see if it actually pans out.

  • on October 14, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    donno why they r still playing ishant in the odi's..............irfan should be given a chance...i think this time india is suffering from their over confidence...this aussie team is not that weak...players like finch, maxwell, bailey can be seems devastating to this indian bowling attack

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Dhoni: Please do introspect. Aren't you allowing some of your subliminal biases (both positive & negative - about players) affect your judgement.That in turn has started affecting the team's results differently from what you envisioned. Since you have the capability & intelligence for an honest introspection, I am sure that you will do it.

  • maddy20 on October 14, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    India lost one game and the knives are out from fans that are neither Aus, nor Indian, particularly from SL fans whom we have thrashed so many times and are still tasting the sour grapes we gifted them so bountifully. India will bounce back, but we have to get rid of Ishanth and replace him with Shammi Ahmed. Replacing VKumar with Baba Aparajith would be another bold and smart selection. We just cannot afford to have these two in the team anymore.

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Dhawan: Once you build a blinding aura, any flaw get hidden from the viewers' eyes. Dhawan's case proves the point. His poor performance in a few recent matches went below the radar.

    These new icons are all products of public opinion in significant ways. Unless public, colleagues, and administrators point out things, even some one like Dhawan, who had matured a lot since his comeback will be blind to the flaws (some old & some new) creeping in.

    Incidentally,I am ardent fan of Dhawan- Version- II. Hope, he will not unknowingly slide into a undesirable Version- III.

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Yuvi: Dhoni's handling ofYuvi, in the first ODI falls short, both in batting and bowling. While batting he should have been sent at No 4. Trying out Raina for No. 4 is not an acceptable excuse, since Raina is an ideal lower middle order batsman.

    In Bowling his full quota should have been used. In the timing also he goofed, When he gave the bowlng to Kohli, that was the right time to throw the ball at Yuvi.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 14, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    I have not watched this game (not sure i will get time to watch the series) But Aus should be given the credit. They are still formidable side in ODIs. Bailey and Faulkner might get a shot in Ashes.

    And whats with these SL fans? They seem to get more joy in India's loss than their teams performance (I still remember how they celebrated India's exit in Asia cup tournament despite SL finishing at the bottom of the group).

  • BMDeep on October 14, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Ishant Sharma, OMG, I guess he is d biggest joke in Indian cricket in d last 2 yrs. So much for his height, he is not even able to produce even 135 kmph. It is disheartening to see a youngster performing so pathetically and losing his sour and pace when ppl like yuvraj nd zaheer at 32 are working very hard to b fit and competitive. Ind team management should end this show not only for their own sake but for d sake of Ishant. He cannot afford to lose all his confidence before being kicked off from d team and more often than not, if it happens once for a fast bowler in Ind, more likely there is no coming back. And what had Mishra done to b out of d side. His addition into d team is inevitable but if his performance is not up to d mark, he will again be thrown away. What I am trying to say is the confidence of a captain and team management is a very precious commodity and what is scaring is d price of this commodity not being same for every player in d team.

  • dunger.bob on October 14, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @ Alexk400 on (October 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT): What you said pops up from time to time, and I used to buy it. Peter Siddle has started to make me doubt my position though. He went vegetarian about 4 years ago and his bowling has been on an upward spiral since he made the switch. He bowls at a decent pace all day long and his concentration is superb so he obviously has a lot of stamina and he's getting plenty of oxygen into his muscles and brain.... Having said that, it's still not enough to totally convince me, but in his case the evidence seems to be saying that vegetarians CAN be effective fast bowlers. .. I've been quite impressed with young Yadav the few times I've seen him. He looks a likely lad imo. I'd be working on him if I were an Indian cricket honcho.

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Ishant: After his first trip to Australia, whe hetroubled a great like Ponting; there had been a steady decline in his effectiveness. He also has been given enough opportunities to resurrect himself, but proved futile. Allow him to go back domestic circuit and re-discover himself, if t ll possible.

  • sachinisawesome on October 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @ TRAM How can one game decide that Indian team is poor. I don't understand why so many people are gunning against India and just wait for one Indian loss to come out and start bashing. Chill guys its just a game nobody has won all their matches ever. We defeated a great australian team in CB series in 2008 in australia. So does that mean they were bad, No it was just that India played better on the day. India is the no. team in the world and just won a CT outside subcontinent. So if India isn't good enough than who is?

  • BMDeep on October 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    First of all, credit to Aus for the way they have played. They really proved to be devastating for Ind batsmen. Probably Ind have given 20-30 more runs and that proved to b fatal at d end of d day. Approaching 310 for a victory is diff from approaching 280. Anyway, Mitch was outstanding. Aus team have been in good nick offlate and their limited over performance have never been bad except for a loss or two in CTrophy. They have been consistent. I dont see hw this team is a 2nd tier time when only MClarke is missing in ranks. I see rest as fairly settled ones. I dont see how siddle or Starc or lyon could have done anything diff to prove that they were 1st choice. Anyway, kudos for the grand beginning. Key players spending time in Ind is also a good reason for their progress. Now regarding Ind, d less v talk abt d bowling dept, d better it will be. I dont say Ashwin is a bad bowler, but he need to b given a rest when he is not in form. TBC

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Bailey is a FAR BETTER Captain than Clarke. The former could also be a unifying force getting 100% from everyone; while the latter could be a disruptive and distrusting influence pulling every one else down by a notch. Please allow Clarke to nurse his back injury for the next few years, for the sake of Australian Cricket.

  • MelbourneMiracle on October 14, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @ Ibrarhunzai: Dude, can't agree with you anymore. The so called Team India has been brought down to earth so fast by a mediocre Aussie team? Can't believe! Dhoni's luck must be running out so fast. I won't be surprised if Indian fans ask BCCI to sack Dhoni once they lost this series. That's their attitude towards sports or for anything for that matter.

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    except a flat dry pitch for the next. That's the only way IND will win. Well done Aussies

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Match Report in one short sentence: India got out bowled; out batted, out fiekded, & out captained.

  • on October 14, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Unadkat needs to be brought in place of Ishant,and Mishra for Ashwin,since Aussies will fail to read leg spinners & googly.Raina,Kohli,Yuvray should come at 3,4 & 5 followeed by dhoni and others,shuffle Jadeja.You cannot drop Jadega because of his poor indisciplined batting,but excellent fielder and useful bowler in the middle overs.

  • PSankar on October 14, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I think No other country other than Indian would include such an erratic bowler like Ishanth Sharma in their team.He is not suited for limited over editions at least. If India want any success in this series exclude him as early as possible.

  • Shaggy076 on October 14, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I'm not sure where the talk came from that Australia wasn't taking these ODi's seriously and focussing on the Ashes. THe thing is the best ODI team and test team are worlds apart. Australia has sent there best available one-day side to India and I would imagine very focussed on winning. The only injury we have is Clarke. The likes of Warner are not good enough for our side at the moment which shows the depth the Australians have in ODI cricket (yes the batting depth is lacking in the longer form.) However, as far as ODI cricket is concerned Australias team is up there with the best and the record over recent years suggest that. I get the feeling the Indian fans have overlooked the different formats and expected to whitewash Australia purely based on the recent test series. I'm pretty sure India will bounce back, but as an optimistic fan going into the series I expected Australia to win.

  • realfan on October 14, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @Marcio : there you go...again the same old whine... not a typical dust bowl, hence no win for india.... when will u guys learn.... we dint have dust bowls in CT13... we dint win there??? look at the following situation... india batted first, score as much runs as aus did yesterday, and beaten aus by some 50 runs...a nd same whines again... flat pitch , india win.... anyways india should be blamed for their win or for their loss....

  • Philippe on October 14, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    bad bowling costs us this match. Also I think there is a lot of dependency on Virat kohli to play big innings. Others are not contributing much. I hope dhawan, rohit & few more will not be short term players for India. Dhoni can win matches but still he needs a solid platform first to reach near to final target score. Least is expected out of Raina & Jadega these days. they seem more like IPL players rather than International.

  • on October 14, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    My instincts says birat kohli and rohit sharma opening pair will hit the floor hard,they are my 3 sir dhoni(sirji) no 4 yuvi, no 5 dhawan,no 6 raina,dhawan and raina are most likely to be the great finisher for india and jadeja role at no 7 would be crucial,he must live up to his moustache!.. sirji consultaion with yuvi about the france medecine would be worthit! Sirji wat about lean and thin dhoni for the last time if not forever.we want to see u play long,plz bat at no 3

  • on October 14, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    .. Contd. - As children, everyone wants to become a Sachin, and no one wants to become a Zak, or a Kapil Dev, or a Kumble, or Prasanna! I hope I can see a day when parents here present a new shiny leather ball to their kids instead of providing a new bat as their birthday gifts!

  • on October 14, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Almost every match has some poor cricket by the losing team and some great cricket from the winning team that contributes to the ultimate outcome - the degrees of the 2 determine the extent of the defeat / victory. Neither does the losing team lose ONLY because it played poorly, nor does the winning team win ONLY because it played great cricket!

    In this match, the Aussies played really well - they batted nicely (Bailey, Finch, Hughes, Maxwell, Faulkner) and bowled (Johnson, Faulkner, Mckay) & fielded (Maxwell) brilliantly, but it was primarily the Indian bowling that messed it up.

    I genuinely think the root cause of this all is the lack of focus on breeding bowlers from a young stage in India - and this problem manifests not only in the administrators (mostly money minting draconians), but also in all us fans in India - we hail most batsmen as gods whenever they play just 1 good knock and, but never give enough importance or credit to bowlers! .. Contd..

  • RajeshNaik on October 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    People are critical about Dhoni's captaincy. But, I think he is just preparing and finding the right bowlers for the WC. In this match apart from Jadeja and to some extent Yuvaraj, no one bowled well. Vinay was bowled throughout the PP overs and he failed to deliver. Ishant is yet to find his groove. Ashwin seems to have been Finched already. Bhuvaneshwar too is leaking runs. Problems a plenty for Dhoni. He has Mishra, Unadkat, Shami in the reserves & Mohith, expected to come in for the later half of the series. Whether Dhoni persists with present bowlers or makes changes will be interesting. But the biggest disappointment was seeing our batsmen struggle throughout the innings. They were spectacularly kept in the cage by Aussies bowlers. Most disappointing was their response when runs were not coming. They tried to get out of the cage and got out. I think Dhoni must have given a solid no word minced lecturing to the players after the match and we may see the result in next match.

  • on October 14, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Remove Ishant Sharma, Aswin, and Jadeja and substitute with Unadkat, Mishra, and Rayadu or any bowler. Jadeja, of late, is not scoring with his bat and also unpredictable in his bowling. There is no point in keeping him in the side.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Number logic: Aus team strike rate was 101.33 (NRR=6.08 rpo). Ind bowlers who contributed more than that rate (worse bowlers) are: Kholi=12 rpo; ISharma=8.00 rpo; VKumar=7.55 rpo;

    Whereas the better bowlers are: Jadeja=3.5 rpo; Ashwin=5.5 rpo; Yuvraj=5.66 rpo; BKumar=5.85 rpo ;

    So why did Bkumar & Yuvraj not bowl their full quota of overs? If Dhoni did that Kholi+Isharma+VKumar's quota could have been reduced by 7 overs (about 16 runs savings). That brings the Aus total to 288 runs. That is the best this Indian bowling could have done. (agreed?) But Indian batsmen scored only 232 so they would have lost anyway. None of the three India 30+ scorers came close to 101.33 strike rate. So it is a bad Ind batting AND/OR good Aus bowing, right? So the conclusion is: With this bowling & batting unit India can NOT win this Aus team. (captaincy is an issue, but they would have still lost) So one would think some heads should roll from this Ind playing 11. Right?

  • on October 14, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Aaustralian tiger faulkner and the jaguar Johnson should aim to lead the attack for a while for aus, serious pace there backed up with full of aggression which is waiting this winter!! Their contribution is crucial for australia at the current series and back with the ashes and yes in future!

  • Rajeshj on October 14, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Ashwin took 2 wickets with decent deliveries and has the second best economy rate in the match for India, but still he gets taunted.. don't understand the logic behind recalling Mishra or Razool.. these guys get plastered even in the A matches.. then how do you think they would be better than Ashwin against top teams.. even Ajmal gets ripped for 50+ runs in many matches, but he is backed nicely by their team and public.. Ashwin needs encouragement to show his true mettle and flourish... The problem is with the seamers... It is only known to Dhoni on why he is persisting with Ishant and Vinay, who can be termed as useless.. Also we need to select one of Raina/Yuvraj and bring in Pujara who will add more solidity to the line-up.. Remember all other guys around him (Dhawan/Rohit/Kohli/Yuvraj/Raina) are all flat track bullies and they would be of no use in seaming or bouncy pitches.. the team definitely needs Pujara...

  • RajeshNaik on October 14, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    India were short balled by Australia. Aussies bowlers bowled to a plan and did not loosen the grip. I am a big fan of George Bailey. The man never gets credit for doing well. He calls a spade a spade but in such a manner that one will still end up liking it. Very simple man and a straightforward cricketer. This was his first knock in India (apart from IPL) and I am glad that he did well. Hope to see more good knock from him in this series. Commentators were critical about him because of the way he captained the T20 match at Rajkot. But, his captaincy in this match was top notch. Thought, planned, performed, executed and delivered.

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 14, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    If India lose the series 7-0, Star cricket will still show that one off T20 again and again. :)

  • on October 14, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @Jono Makim : I have to agree - this is pretty much a full strength ODI side for Australia. There's just Clarke missing (who isn't really a force to be reckoned with in this format) and Starc, and possibly Smith. I think there's the perception it's a weak side because we have very different ODI and Test line-ups, unlike basically every other nation. So there's no Siddle, no Lyon, no Harris, no Rogers etc. People see all these names missing and think it's an A-side.

  • Avi56 on October 14, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    George Bailey is the most underrated player in cricket right now...When the AUs team was not performing he was the only one shining...And his innings yesterday showed the he is a true class player and very well experienced..He was so calm throughout the innings starting slow and exploding at the end...Happy that he is leading the Australian team..They real need that one anchor in the team and he is the best guy to lead now.

  • Sharath_Rocker on October 14, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Ashwin should be replaced by Mishra .

  • Avi56 on October 14, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Why do we indian cricket fans start nagging about a loss and not congratulate the opposition...First of All Congrats Aussie team for a well played game and extremely good team effort...Again and Again we keep blaming our Bowlers.. The Bowlers are good but the problem is they got the wrong overs to bowl...Jadeja is a much class bowler in ODIs than Ashwin (only good for T20)..Yuvi is a good part time bowler and proved with the wickets yesterday. Vinay Kumar is good in the initial & middle Overs but not at Death.,..Not to forget he got a crucial wicket of Maxwell who was firing...Ishant Sharma is more Convincing towards the death.. Bkumar is the best now but does not get to complete his entire spell?..Overall i feel they are good players not given the right overs...

  • TRAM on October 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    About Yuvraj I commented few days back that we should not expect him to be any hero that he was not before. Just as I stated Aussies had figured him well, pushing him back with short balls and getting him easily. He is no better than other Indian batsmen in terms of short pitched balls. Apart from that he is weak against spin and off-stump line attack in general.

  • raj_kash on October 14, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    For the experts to junk chances of a team that had run up 202 in the T20 a few days back (which India barely managed to better) was a wee bit perplexing. Many of the Australian players have rich experience of Indian conditions, thanks to IPL and recent Challengers Trophy. And their team is an injured lion! They will give a great fight to the much hyped Indian bunch. This promises to be a good series, well contested and competitive - not one sided walloping...

  • on October 14, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    well done aussies, played well. sets up the series nicely and gives the indian team some thinking to do. dont know about the team management, but I think the fans were getting ahead of themselves and thinking the series win was a formality - be interesting to see the rest of the matches.

    I really havent understood ishant's continued selection.

  • India2014 on October 14, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Our fast bowlers are the one to blame. Ishant Sharma is a waste and Vinay kumar is only good for 20/20. Bring back Zaheer Khan, only bowler who knows how to bowl. Ashwin never had the spin threat that Harbhajan or Mishra has. Credit to the Australian bowlers, they bowled brilliantly. Why all the Indian Batsmen are not comfortable against Short pitch, the whole world is watching. They will prepare bouncy tracks for India, in Australia 2014 World cup, we will just feel out of touch in there, None of the Indian batsmen was able to hit the ball well. Yuvraj wicket also cost us.

  • popcorn on October 14, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    India simply does not have the firepower to bowl to us.And their batting cannot face up to our pace. We have never been fazed by their turning tracks in the One Dayers.And their compacency will see them sink further. We have beaten them 5 out of 6 series in India,and I hope we beat India 6 -1. At least.

  • Sinhabahu on October 14, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Not sure which team I want to win the series least here.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 14, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    @Shaggy076, sorry mate. Hearty congratulations on your well-deserved win. This win is a combination of fantastic display by your team and quite the opposite by our team. In the heat of the moment with our foolish team selection most of us Indian fans got carried away and forgot to congratulate Aussie fans and Aussie team. Well done mates! This thorough thrashing should be a wake-up call for the powers that be (read Dhoni and selectors). To think that your team isn't even the first choice team is very scary.

  • realfan on October 14, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    all those who wantt INDIA to tour SA...wait with patience... it will happen.... nothing to worry.... those who are eager to see india gets beaten up in series...wait till the end...and make yourself available at the end of the series.... for that fact they wont be available at the end of the series which india wins..... never mind.... keep the bashes coming... i hope slectors read your bashes against india and make some decisions about our pace attack....

  • on October 14, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Our pace bowlers should learn when their ideas did not work out, they should at least concentrate a good line and length to control run rate.But, alas our Isant Sharma thinks too much about himself and obliged to give more runs by trying his own ideas which would suit to the condition of the pitch. Sharma should be removed from the team and asked him to understand what is a line and length.And most importantly he should curb smiling when he leaks runs!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 14, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @Nampally, thanks bro. Mate, I follow your posts closely. I may not agree with every post of yours. Bro, the purpose of a fair forum is to protect and give voice to the minority opinion. The popular opinion needs no protection. Does it? Glad that cricinfo gives us minorities that opportunity and protects our opinion. I will be much happier if one of these journos on cricinfo can come up with an article on Cheteshwar Pujara and his role in Indian ODI set-up. Dhoni and the selectors have proven themselves to be very myopic in this case., thanks bro. Ishant Sharma is a tight slap on the intelligence of cricket followers and I've been following cricket since 1978. Just look at his overall wickets tally after all these years. Yeah right! He is unfortunate to have the figures that he has. It's a shame that he doesn't even take the first step to rectify himself - that is, to get his hair cut to size. What more can I say?

  • SanjivAwesome on October 14, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Well done Aus! I now look forward to the next game to see if India can come back, and if so, with what game plan. Go India!

  • smudgeon on October 14, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Jared Hansen & wellrounded87, it is a slight anomaly, but my understanding is that Bailey's leadership skills were the catalyst for his elevation to national honours, although those of us in Tassie have seen the best of him over the years: was always up for the fight when things were going badly for the team - some of his best innings have been in losing causes at domestic level. Definitely agree his domestic record wouldn't see him picked in most teams, but sometimes it's those unquantifiable or intangibles that are the important thing. Always glad to see George amongst the runs, and nice to see Australia have a win here.

  • on October 14, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Not surprised Aussies gave India dose of same medicine administered them by Lala Amarnath at Kanpur Test in 1959 when Richie Benaud's boys collapsed to an off-spin trap!

    Vernon Ram, Hong Kong

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    mattandy - Are you afraid of talking about Indian spinners. I mean entire bowling lineup...Wait and see other three will bring down Aussie next game..

  • jimbond on October 14, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Faulkner is a great asset. He should improve a bit so that he can become a permanent fixture in tests as well. Why are people blaming Rohit Sharma and Jadeja here, I thought they contributed their part here. The real weak links are Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar and Ashwin. But India does not have too many options to handle the death bowling and the power plays. Amit Mishra instead of Ashwin is certainly worth a try. And surely anyone would be better than Ishant and Vinay. Munaf Patel if he is fit, is certainly an option. So is someone like Rishi Dhawan who handled the slow overs for Mumbai Indians pretty well (and he can also bat). I am also surprised that nobody talks about Sandeep Sharma who was one of the top wicket takers (along with Ishwar Pandey and Kaul). Surely, these three can't be worse than Ishant and Vinay.

  • cricketsubh on October 14, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    wellrounded87 in international cricket you pick who can play for you in this lavel berly can play test

  • Sheela on October 14, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    In any form of the game, wicket taking bowlers are essential. India used four regular bowlers besides 3 part timers. No one looked capable of taking up wickets whereas Australian team had a game plan and their bowlers were successful. Even if India had a fifth or sixth bowler, nothing would have changed. Mere 5 or 6 regular bowers will not solve anything unless wicket taking bowlers are present.

  • cricketsubh on October 14, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    great captaincy by berly if he won the series for australia i think he should replace clarke as a odi captain of australian cricket team .in 2nd odi i pick farguason for maxwell

  • on October 14, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    I was waiting for this to happen- for the good of Indian Cricket. It is so sad to see a Country with such a heritage wearing its heart on its sleeves whether it is Sports or Social issues. The complacency of the 'average' team is hard to believe as it makes light of the visiting Aussies. The attitude of the fans who predicted a 7-0 win for India must have originated from a team that has its head in the air. Let them realize that Australia is a team that hs its fundamentals right- and it starts from fielding and does not begin and end with a few gifted Batsmen who thrive on dead tracks. If India does not field well and Bowl in the right areas, there is only so much that their much hyped Batsmen can do. Buck up or bite the dust!

  • on October 14, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    More than enough has been said about India's death bowling woes and also about fast bowling department ( though no one bowls 'fast') not only before the series, but over the years. But look at yesterday's match. Last 3 overs went for 38 , that too being without any specialist/set batsmen @ crease. ( This happened after the fall of Bailey as 7th wicket). No words to explain.. even describing as pathetic will be pathetic!!!!

  • siddhartha87 on October 14, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Indian bowling line up looked terrible. Ishant Sharma is mediocre at best. And Vinay Kumar,well no one really knows what he is doing in the team.Ashwin is another liability. I think Mishra is far better than him.

  • on October 14, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    The Indian fascination of Batsmen in general just keeps baffling me no ends! When Sachin has retired, people have been pounding on about end of batting in India! Well, news flash - there are enough batsmen in India to last another 10-15 years. What we are being so woefully ignorant is of the dearth of genuine bowlers in the country. The fascination and hunger for batting superstars shows across the public and the administration - The type of superstar status and hype given to batsmen here is just crazy! & The advent of T-20 and IPL has precipitated the the delirious fall in cricketing standards - All people seem to be wanting is batsmen going crazy and depositing balls out of the stand! Moving to administration of cricket - why not make some pitches in domestic competitions that offer some movement and bounce?- so that more youngsters are incentivized to become bowlers and dream about it! Batsmen will also start to learn to handle pace, movement and bounce for tough overseas tours.

  • Ryan_H on October 14, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Why is Ishant Sharma STILL in the team ? A lot of other fast bowlers deserve a place instead.

  • on October 14, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    do not always blame it on the bowlers...Indian Batsmen could not handled short balls simple as that..I will blame Indian batting for todays loss but I am sure they will bounce back and take the series.. Love to see Zaheer playing from the 4th match. May be Shammi for Ishant and Mishra for Ashwin ..

  • on October 14, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    @cricketsunami - Rohit Sharma didnt do too bad. If an opener scores 40+ in an ODI thats pretty decent in anyone's books. Yes Ishant Sharma and his place in the side is a big question mark. Only the first game surely India will bounce back. Well played Australia!

  • Chris_P on October 14, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @ Jared Hansen. Got to agree with you re: Bailey. I have seen him play some stunning one day knocks for Tassie (especially against NSW!) but he can't seem to nail it in first class. I guess this sort of blows off all the knockers who predicted 7-0 to India. This is nowhere near our best one day side, bowlers or batsmen, the Ryobi Cup is showing off some outstanding talent with the younger brigade so it looks good for this format for the future. Finch is finally repeating what he has been doing in domestic 50 over games for the past few years, Hughes is maintaining his domestic one day form & the bowlers are doing their usual thing. Solid all round effort by the Aussies.

  • on October 14, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    the batting n bowling attack india have it fears me that india can face an early exit in aus in the world cup they gotta drop some of csk players from indian team

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 14, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Ishant Sharma would not find a place even in Bangladesh team. Why are we still playing him? Shami, Mohit, or Ishwar can bowl better than him. Maybe play Mishra or Parvez Rasool instead of Ashwin. Ashwin is an over rated bowler and the worst fielder. Munaf Patel is Jonty Rhodes compared to Ashwin.

  • nareshgb1 on October 14, 2013, 0:05 GMT who to blame? Sachin is not playing so we cannot say he failed when his team needed him to fire.

    wait a minute...what about Kohli? can we blame him? Or Dhoni? IS Sachin after all - his retirement announcement is to blame. Of course - how could I miss that?

    YEAAHHH !!!

  • RJHB on October 13, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Good show Aussies, but will the follow up be hopeless? Probably. But who cares anyway?! This series is a ridiculous farce, right when all Australian players should be in Australia for the start of our season. Sick to death of commercial greed taking over cricket, and CA is as bad as BCCI in this regard. Tyrants.

  • Marcio on October 13, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    So much for the 7-0 thrashing predicted by some Indian pundits here. India was a bit lucky to get away with the T20 game, I thought. Why Johnson didnt play is beyond me - AUS did not have a strike bowler in that team. McKay is also a much better 50 over bowler than T20, as is Watson, so AUS have a much better balanced team than India for the ODIs.

    Some Indians were saying that AUS needed 325 to be competitive, because India's batsmen are so powerful. What kind of fantasy land are they living in?

    The pitch was a tad slow, and rather placid. Not the outrageous dustbowls we saw in the test series - you know, the ones Indian fans were angrily telling us were normal Indian wickets, implying that they were a natural geological/meteorological occurrence. How do people actually believe such propaganda? India struggle if they put down standard tracks. Everyone knows this, esp the BCCI and Dohni.

  • anupamraj114 on October 13, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    I pray Ishant goes for 100 in next game and never plays for india again atleast in shorter format. Seeing him bowl is like a torture for us. He is the guy who few months back shamelessly said, he is the spearhead of pace bowling. And Dhoni how many proofs you need to convince yourself that Sharma is not even fit to even play for any state side forget about playing for India.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 13, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    It was interesting that at the pitch report the Indian commentators were mentioning how 260-270 would be a good score. Then in the final overs of Australia's innings Gavaskar started saying that Australia would need at least 300 just to challenge the mighty Indian batting line-up. And I thought Ian Healy's crass cheerleading was bad.

    But I wouldn't stress too much if I was an Indian fan. Australia won the toss and posted a very good score - that will win you an ODI 9 times out of ten.

  • on October 13, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    It's just one game people. They can't win every single game. India is #1 team in the world because they have talent and fighting spirit. Aussies caught them at a low today. But the good thing is it was only the first game of the series and not the decider. For the sake of keeping the series interesting, it's probably the best thing.

  • on October 13, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Great to see our lads building on the series win in England!

    I'm a little puzzled though, why does everyone think Aus is understrength? Realistically only Starc and Clarke are missing from our best ODI xi and they may not make much of a difference anyway, Bailey and Johnson in current form will do just nicely, thanks all the same! At least thats the way I see it. Unless Warner sorts himself out and Cummins suddenly appears fit and raring to go then this is going to be very close to our squad for the WC..?

    I don't understand how, in a country where 40+ year olds basically pulled out of club cricket are good enough spin bowlers to perform mightily in the IPL, that R.Ashwin can be India's no.1 spinner. Bring in Tambe!

  • on October 13, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Well done aus ..keep it up ..India bowling attack is just a joke only B.Kumar looks alright all other nothing ..once again well done ..

  • kahvas on October 13, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Aussies, congratulations! Please calm down, this was just the first game, there's 6 to go, India will still win the series. India needs some minor adjustments to get back at winning, which they have against every side in the last 2 years

  • on October 13, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    @Jared Hansen - I wonder if the domestic pitches in the last few years have contributed to Bailey getting less credit than he deserves. There are very few batsmen averaging over 40 anywhere in Australia at the moment. He did have a bad season last year though, when a patch of good form would probably have got him a place in the test team. I reckon if he can get one century in the shield before the first test he's bound to get in.

  • Shaggy076 on October 13, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    I know you Indian fans love cricket but maybe a little bit of congratulations to the opposition. It seems the only reason we won is because apparently India selected the wrong team. It was a thrashing and India have selected pretty much the same team that took them to the Champions league trophy. Yes India are a very good side, but really lack bowling depth and do struggle with 150k/hr bowling. It is why Australia have consistenly beat you on true bouncing wickets. I read so many preludes that India are so dominant, 7-0 a formality, but you have overlooked what Australia have done in one-day cricket recently. I do hope if we do win another game that maybe some Indian fans can actually congratulate Australia on a good performance.

  • mansel on October 13, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    There is a distinct difference between these two sides. Australia have a major advantage in the bowling and fielding departments. Batting wise, the two teams are very close - perhaps India just edging out the Aussies. I always love the ODI duels with these two teams and I still love the format... What a beautiful game this is!!

  • on October 13, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Come on people it's a game , U can't insist to win every game all the time... it's just an off day for India...I think Both teams r good, India have better batting line up and Australia have better bowling attack :) good job Australia... really disciplined bowling... A Neutral cricket fan

  • on October 13, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    This was a dominating if slightly unexpectedly emphatic win by a seriously understrength Aussie side. I think besides obvious certainties like Watson and Haddin, Mitchell Johnson must have an outstanding chance of featuring in the Brisbane test after bowling with real pace and menace. It's been pointed out that Bailey's first class record is pretty ordinary but I'd think the shield games,preceding the test could give him an ideal opportunity to put in a claim for a middle order batting slot. I have to agree with a previous post though and he looks destined to follow the Michael Bevan career path and be predominantly an ODI player who is always likely to be short of the required standard for test cricket at the top level. (even if not a patch on Bevan).

  • Albert_cambell on October 13, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Now everyone understood why BCCI avoided the test and ODI series against us in SA. If the cant handle a medium pacer like Clint Mckay in a flat track, then Steyn and Morkel at green tops would be lethal for Indian batsman. The tour could have been 3-0 in tests and 7-0 ODI embarassment for Indian team.

  • ImpartialExpert on October 13, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    This series will once emphasize that our bowling is very very weak. Like we had an overhaul in our batting we need to have the same with the bowling. Ishant Sharma has to go. Not because he goes for so may runs but because he has no delivery that can take wickets or contain a batsman. Ahswin has to dropped so that he can work on his game. He is at that time of his career. I am sure dropping him will be useful for us in the next worldcup. Well anyway Australian team is strong and they showed us that today. I always thought it's going to be touch to win this series for India. And Aus proved my point. But this series whether we win or lose should help the selectors a lot in making some touch decisions.

  • jango_moh on October 13, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    its just one match, and it will be a good contest!!! having said that, the indian bowling seems to be getting weaker.... and i have to say its bcos of dhoni's choices, from what ive seen, dhoni always prefers medium pacers to tear-away fast bowlers, and i think therein lies the problem... plus we havnt really produced too many really fast men anyway, even if we have, they start bowling slower and slower, that culture has to change!!!! one last point, i hate Vinay kumar, he's a useless bowler...

  • sathish008 on October 13, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    MSD should play Jadeja as specialist bowlers or should drop him if he want to play 3 seamers at the expense of Ashwin. Jadeja is not doing any justification as batsman at No-7. A specialist bastman should play at no7, since Yuvi can roll his arms as 5th bowler.

  • on October 13, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Still I believe that India have strongest batting line up than any others countries but bowling always has been questionable for long time specially pace bowlers.

  • Nerk on October 13, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Well done Australia. A good win but there are 6 to go and I doubt Indian will roll over and die. Their has to be some serious questioning of their bowling selection. India do have some good pacemen out there, Udav for eg, but they have stuck with Sharma mainly because his hair is the scariest thing about India's attack. @wellrounded - I agree with you re:finch and he deserves a long run in the team. However, Bailey seems to be someone who thrives with responsibility and whilst his FC form has not been good, he has the skill and temperament to succeed. I would expect that given the chance (and lets face it, there are plenty of worse selection decisions we could make) Bailey would give it his all and may surprise us at test level. Also, M. Bevan would walk into the current Australian middle order.

  • mattandy on October 13, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Good Job, Aussies!!!Only thing you have to do is focus on India's bowling!!! Who do they have--Kumar's and Sharma!!!!!!!Sharma and V kumar are a joke!!! Sharma sprays everywhere and Batsmen gets out of boredom off V Kumar because it is so slow they have to literally wait 5 minutes(pun intended) for the ball to come to them!!!! HA HA HA!!!! If aussies can focus on the Indian bowlers and score anything over 280+ Indian batting will collapse under pressure and that is what happened today!!!!

  • on October 13, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @wellrounded87 This gets said about George Bailey a lot, but the problem with this conclusion is that you look at his stats and his domestic One Day average is even worse than his first class average. All I can make of that is that he is apparently a better international player than a domestic one, since his ODI batting average is one of the best in the squad.

  • mattandy on October 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good Job, Aussies!!!Only thing you have to do is focus on India's bowling!!! Who do they have--Kumar's and Sharma!!!!!!!Sharma and V kumar are a joke!!! Sharma sprays everywhere and Batsmen gets out of boredom off V Kumar because it is so slow they have to literally wait 5 minutes(pun intended) for the ball to come to them!!!! HA HA HA!!!! If aussies can focus on the Indian bowlers and score anything over 280+ Indian batting will collapse under pressure and that is what happened today!!!!

  • Temuzin on October 13, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    The headline should read" Sharmas Sink India Against Australia". Selection of Both Ishant and Rohit defies the logic. Let Pujara opened with Dhawan and anybody but Ishant should be the motto for future selection. Ashwin should aslo be given akick on the back side ( he needed that). India will bounce back.

  • SRV_india on October 13, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Its very funny to see India stick to the bowling lineup with the likes of Vinay and Ishant for ODI's and T20's. These are bowlers on their best day, picks wicket only when the batsmen are in slogging mode. They never took wickets with genuine deliveries ( I suspect can they bowl genuine deliveries). Seems Indian team is trying make superstars out of mud.

  • cricketfan1 on October 13, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    No Worries.. Indian batter will show whay ther are No.1 in ODIs.

    Where is Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed or Zaheer khan...any two of these are far better choice than Ishant and Vinay Kumar.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 13, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Bashers of India, get a grip. If India loses, they lost on dust bowls also. If India wins, oh they are dust bowl bullies! So, either way India gets bashed - they lose, they get bashed; they win, they get bashed again. Never mind that India recently won Champions Trophy in England.

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    @dravid-gravitas-athiest - loved your comments and totally agree with you , Why is Ishant sharma still playing for our national team ! , the guy is simply not good enough , even Zimbabwe would have kicked out a bowler like him long ago , and on another note, loved the way mitchell johnsen bowled today , i think he is the FASTEST in the world at the moment ,worked up some serious pace !

  • Aashiq.kb on October 13, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Please get rid of that pathetic Ishant Sharma!!! And I guess we can have better bowlers than Vinay kumar!! But it was a good win for the Aussies! Very disciplined with their bowling... Hope India can get their acts together from the next game onwards!

  • Jadejafan on October 13, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    It was India's off day. Happens to everyone. India still likely to win this series. We're much better than Australia and current world and icc champs don't forget.

  • Nampally on October 13, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Dravid-Gravitas; Welcome back to forum! I am in minority when I say I agree with your excellent conclusion of calling Pujara as the best batsman in India. I stated so in my comments after Pujara got his triple ton & raised quite a few protests from other commenters. Batting should be built round the best batsman, Pujara. This ODI team appears to have been selected on emotions!First assumption is strong Indian batting will mask its weak bowling. Now I see weak bowlers are being masked by all rounders! Ishant Sharma has been flayed to glory in past several matches. Today he bowled 7 Overs for 58 runs for 1 wkt. His economy rate was 12 in the T20. Why is such a weak bowler being masked by others & protected? Indian batting is good but weak vs. good pace bowling. Chasing down 304 for this team vs. good pace attack is "Mission Impossible"! Get rid of Ishant & Vinay . Bring in capable guys like Pujara, ZAK, Nayar. Control opposition to <250 Total. This is a winnable total to chase.

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Great going Aussies bless love what Ii read keep it up

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Good to see Aussies finding form, reminds me of their golden days. We need teams like Australia, and other teams from Sub-continents to play like they did before to raise the standards of cricket. Seems like the pitches are really flat, which is not really helping the indian bowlers, although the Aussies on the same pitch bowled well. Surprising to see the Indian batting struggle in these dust bowls, only raises concerns for the time they will tour overseas. Good luck to both teams, from a neutral.

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Ashwin is not bowling what heused to earlier. I have a feeling he should be dropped and Mishra takes his place for the next match. And Unakdat for Vinay. Also Raina shoukd c8urb his instinct of going over the shortnpitched deliveries. We will have a chance to make it one all. Kashinath

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    A few victories and most Indians forget they have the worst bowling attack in the world. Batsmen can't always win the game for you, as we saw today. Pretty comprehensive victory for a relatively inexperienced Australian team (in India lol).

  • on October 13, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Well done Australia!!! Johnson was bowling like he wanted to be playing in the First Test in Brisbane.

  • Naresh28 on October 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Bowling let India down again. We expect a lot from Rohit and Dhawan and they let us down this time. Ishant and Vinay????? Come on we can do better in our bowling selections. Suggest Zaks, Mohit, shukla, Pandey to choose from. Spinners are not as good as they were before the season break.

  • Alexk400 on October 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    The problem with all young indian bowlers is that they lack fitness. They have natural growth. Within first two years of heavy bowling they lose all the fluid in between joints that gave them high energy , they get injured. They need meat diet and gym culture to play longer. Only kapil dev able to sustain long and even him was bowling within himself. Never bowled real fast. Only pakistanis (same gene pool as indians) able to bowl real fast. Reason is simple eat the damn meat. Vegetarian fast bowler is oxy moron. We can bring like 100 young bowler play each one each match. Thats best India can do with bcci setup. Billions of dollar and can not produce single real fast bowler. Pathetic.

  • CricketChat on October 13, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Let's give the Indian players some respite. They must have been busy preparing speeches on Sachin's retirement last few days instead of preparing for the ODI. 2nd ODI will reveal if they had overcome the sorrow.

  • Happy_hamster on October 13, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    So much for the 7-0 prediction by many for this weakened Aussie side against the best side in the history of the universe. Expect calls for most of the players to be lynched same as after losing the first ODI against England, then back to being all time superstars greats better than Bradman if they win the series, love it.

  • Alexk400 on October 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    I thought faulkner was the key to win. Multi skilled players makes big difference especially tall players makes impact and not get tired too much like short players. His little inning at the end of the inning and bowling makes india winning against aussie going to be interesting. For aussie , if they bat well they can sweep india.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 13, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    And what exactly is Ishant Sharma doing in the team? Is he trying to show that he didn't lose the skill of bowling aka spraying wide outside off, short and or straying down the leg? Tired of his immense skills. Was it a conspiracy by Ponting to make Ishant look like a world beater way back in 2007/2008? Dhoni, get a grip. Will you? Just look at his strike-rate or economy or average or 4/5 wicket hauls across any format. It tells a story, a story of an undeserving bowler, who cannot bowl properly simply because he just doesn't have the skills to do it. He knows where to bowl (as all of us know) but is not able to simply because he just doesn't have the skills to bowl where he should bowl. Simple as that! And what's with that ridiculous and hopeless hair? He is annoying and pathetic to say the least on every front.

  • VintageCricketeer on October 13, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    It was interesting to note that Dhoni seemed to be blaming the batsmen, especially those were set, for not winning the game. He failed to mention the erratic lengths that Ishant & Vinay bowled, which led to India losing the match. The bowlers should have restricted Australia to a smaller total.. Indian administrators also need to prepare fast and bouncy pitches so that our fast bowlers & batsmen learn on how to play on these type of surfaces, especially when India tour Australia and South Africa. But, I guess that this would lead to shorter limited over matches and this wouldn't suit the advertisers!

  • sreehk on October 13, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Rohit, Aswhin, Ishant, Vinay out!! Rahane, Mishra, Unadkat, Shami in!!

  • gentleme on October 13, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Awww, India was defeated by The unexperienced side of Australia who doesn't have michael clarke also on the indian field. If I'm not wrong I heard something like India is unbeaten in their homeground and won this and that and blah blah blah.But the reality is The Indians show a poor display of cricket because they think themselves above the world. They lost because of their boost and fake pride. Well done aussies, You guys deserve a real hats off.

  • Nampally on October 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Indian batting always masked a weak bowling & victories came as long as this happened. But the Indian batting itself is weak against class pace bowling & it was evident today. Johnson hitting speeds in excess of 150 KPH & well supported by Faulkner, Mckay & Watson, crushed India to a 72 run defeat. Jadeja & Raina both fell misjudging the pace & not getting their feet in place whilst Dhoni was beaten & bowled to a leg cutter. Yuvraj got out poking at the rising ball from Johnson as did Dhawan. Only Kohli played solidly & did well as long as Raina kept going. But India needed big scores from a least 2 guys at a good S/R to chase a huge total of 304 runs. Trick is to keep the opposition total <250! 4 Aussie Pacemen bowled 38 overs for 147 runs to capture 8 wkts. Two Indian seamers - Ishant & Vinay- bowled 16 overs for 124 runs to capture just 2 wkts. Aussies flayed the loose bowling of Ishant & Vinay to make their total of 304, a "Mission impossible"- Main answer to India's defeat!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 13, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Expected this. You treat the best batsman in the country, Cheteshwar Pujara, as though he is an untouchable. What a shame! I would pick him first in my team in ODIs as well as in Tests and then fill the remaining 10 slots. He is as versatile as his idol, Rahul Dravid, and is more open to the idea of stroke-play as well. Rahul Dravid always made sure that safety of the boat takes precedence and played the cautious anchor role to perfection as there was no one better than him to accomplish that task. What more do you need of Cheteshwar Pujara, a new-age version of Rahul Dravid?

  • naruto_senju on October 13, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    all indian pace attack need is ONE pure pace.... we have umesh yadav, we had varun aaron ( dont know what happened to him now ) , mohit sharma.... its this selectors soft corner towards the like of ishant sharma and vinay kumar, that has been making the mess of our attack.... we might as well bring back zaheer atleast to odi format.... or least our selectors should do is IGNORE ishant sharma.... bring in extra batsman, i am sure that batsman can bowl a bit and concede less runs than ishant....

  • KeepitHonest on October 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    India is clearly not playing its best team and Dhoni's influence is evident. Firstly, it's high time Ishant Sharma was shown the door.He is always the most expensive bowler and after years of opportunities, cannot strategize, or bowl to a plan. It's embarassing."Ishant+OzworldCup=Magic" is a bad strategy by Dhoni as Oz cricket fields have now opened up to Oz football and relaid pitches will lose their zing.

    Secondly, Pujara is a MUST in the ODI format. He has no problem scoring at a 100 strike rate & there is nothing wrong playing orthodox as long as he produces the high rate. Dhoni prefers people who are flashy / make cricket interesting and Pujara is seen as boring. Grooming Raina at #4 is a step in the wrong direction.

    Thirdly Ashwin is too generous for the 50 over format and has completely lost his way as a potential all-rounder. Being India's #1 test spinner shouldn't automatically qualify him as ODI 1st pick. His selection should be rotated so he feels the heat.

  • on October 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Very surprised that India persists with R. Vinay Kumar, I. Sharma and R. Ashwin. These are supposed to be strike bowlers but look at their figures. How about bringing in Rahul Shukla, Mohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, J. Unadkat and others who have impressed lately? Aussies played really well and have a good seam attack. If India continue with the same bowlers, they will lose this series. Also, Rohit is not an opener and would do much better down the order. Yuvraj and Raina need to play this as a T50, not T20 series.

  • on October 13, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Kohli was unlucky with the LBW decision, as the ball was missing leg stump. India are World Cup Winners, Champions Trophy winners, and No. 1 in the rankings. However the Aussies played better in this match. India's death bowling is its weakness.

  • gsingh7 on October 13, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    on side note, though yuvi failed in batting but both jadeja and uv outbowled the premier spinner ashwin. why is dhoni still persisting with failed odi and t20 bowler that is ashwin.also ishant and rohit are blessed to be playing for national team after years of disappointing performances.selectors must have some crystal balls to see future match winning performances from these 2.on current form they should not be selected in india A side let alone senior team . hope mishra plays next 6 odis.

  • playfaircricket on October 13, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I already said this...aussie team is very strong in their batting,bowling also very very much better than indias bowling...india batting is very very strong but bowling is weaker than associate nations attack..but any strong batting team can't chase 300 every time...dhoni should stop his Chennai mates encouragement...mishra will be much better than aswin wasted carrom balls n non turning off cutters...jedaja ok today..for gods sake remove Ishant why on earth he is still in this indian team...Rohit sharma...all commentators r saying that his game improved my opening promotion....i didn't noticed any change..he was scoring 30 50 odd runs because of field restrictions...dhawan n yuvraj are over confidence at the moment especially these failures he will get noticed

  • on October 13, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Wow, I see some some pumped up anti Indian cricket fans, Australia outplayed us in thinking and planning, we Indian fans don't talk rigging or bribing when opposition outplays us, get a life, losers! PS: Indian bowling time and again keeps getting a wake up call, really how miserable they were against this 3rd string Aussie batting unit! Bowling overhaul/changes required and that too ASAP! Jaipur will be a nice start..:D

  • AKS286 on October 13, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Can anyone tell me who is the captain of Oz team? What a team effort and what a captaincy by G.Bailey. I appraise Bailey for his captaincy then for his good knock. This team looks like Punter's team the old skool dominancy. After long 2 yrs. i have seen the aggression, Energy, confidence, unity and body language in the team. Thanks to Clarke that he is not in this tour. Excellent victory, Excellent game and Excellent Team spirit. Oz team played like a unit.

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I dont understand why ishant sharma is given a chance again and again , whats wrong with dhoni , why ishant , where is umesh yadav , where is ashish nehra , munaf patel , praveen kumar , why is vinay kumar in the team , and why is rohit sharma given so many chances , he only clicks in ipl , yuvraj singh is best for flat tracks as is ms dhoni , kohli is the only gud player in the side , as far as australia is concerned , bailey is the man , superb captain and more than superb asset for the team , finch is improving day ny day , i just beg the ausie selectors to take bailey in the ashes squad if yu want too win , jhonson has to be in the ashes squad , use him wisely like bailey does and watson is also someone who needs to be utilised effectively , watson will be rhe key if australia wants to win , keep going australia ...

  • gsingh7 on October 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    one swallow does not make an ocean. so one win after 4-0 defeat in tests in a meaningless odi when indian team's focus is clearly on upcoming test series vs wi and sa does not make australia great again. still my prediction of 6-1 india win is possible and australia will be back to their mediocre self in next game. hope uv and dhawan show is up and running in second odi. on side note, indians were below par and when on form they are best team in the world.

  • kancnaic on October 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I see some of the players are in the Indian team just for granted.Ishant Sharma can play only one good game in the entire tournament.If we continue with him we can not win the world cup.We say he is the experienced bowler in the team.But all other bowlers are better than him.

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    This is what..pure pace can do the damage..the Johnson's fiery pace really bambozzled the batsman and made the job easier for likes of Faulkner, Watson n Mckay to control the batsman...Dhoni shud learn from this n support UMESH YADAV...our only one genuine pacer....Johnson used to be a spray gun but with the confidence n support of captain, see what he has become....150k rockets on the target.....Umesh can easily bowl in 145-150k range..just need a captain who can support and back him up.....throw the hacks like VINAY n Ishant from the team ....UMESH, BHUVI,ZAK along with SUYAL,PANDEY, backup is the ideal combo...DHONI your eyes...otherwise we will again get a whitewash in SA.

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Without a single bit of doubt I can bet the pitches for next 6 matches will be total flat tracks or turning tracks and India will win the series as time and again its proven india cant play in pitches where the ball does something and obviously pitches will be made to suit us so we win the series convincingly and say wow what a victory India is a great team.Dead rubbers or turning tracks please

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Ashwin seems to b toothless nd is nt able 2 bowl tight spells.@ d end Ashwin some how manages to pick 1 or 2 wkts whn batsman tries to slog.Yuvraj and Raina combining together can do more than wat Ashwin alone is doing ryt nw.I dnt thnk plyin both ashwin nd jadeja is a gud idea. Add1 more specialist batsman in d line up. Raina should play at no:6 or 7 nd he can be used up in d order nly whn u need to increase d run rate quickly.He is not a type f batsman who construct an inngs nd play for 30-35 overs. Dhoni in his last 55 matches scored 1617 runs at an avg f 33 is way behind what India xpects him to do in ODI s. His career avg is 51 nd it dropped to 33 in last 3 years.He shud come up d order and spend some time at d middle.He is d one who can easily rotate the strike in d middle overs nd starts hittin towards d end. My Indian XI in Odi is Dhawan Rahane Kohli Rohit Dhoni Yuvraj Raina Jadeja B Kumar Zaheer Ishant. U hv 4 regular bowling optns + yuvi raina kohli nd rohit cn also bowl

  • Greatest_Game on October 13, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    A wonderful match. Great to see the Aussies with their tails up again, handing a thoroughly deserved thrashing to a completely insipid India., whose cricket is heading ever further downward to the point that they are sure to come tumbling down the ODI rankings. Little wonder they are petrified of touring South Africa!

    George Bailey again showing how underestimated he was, and what a "Boon" he has been for Aus cricket. Time to give him a shot in tests. Australia's opening pair fared well in the absence of their most overrated player. Keep Warner out & Aus will prosper. Midge looked in the mood to break a few fingers, & India had no reply.

    All round, Australia keep improving and growing in strength, and India are in creakingly looking like a one trick pony, and everyone in cricket has seen the trick by now. The only question is whether Aus can take back the #1?

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    This is like a punch on Indians . Aussies r on a mission . Well done OZ

  • realfan on October 13, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    i would request all the indian basher to calm down till the series ends... dont go conclusions as if dhoni would ask for slow low tracks for entire series from now on.... i mean this is one game in series and there you go, i mean is there a seperate tournament for you guys ,like who bashes more will win a kohinoor diamon like that??? anway i am assuming many will be hiding from this forum after some days... all the best though....

  • landl47 on October 13, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Advance, Australia, fair! Great show from the Aussies and left me with egg on my face, along with many others. Excellent all-round contributions, everyone added something to the mix and Australia topples the mighty India in their own backyard.

    There's a long way to go in the series, but if Aus keeps playing like this, India will have its work cut out.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 13, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Well played Aussies-from an Indian supporter! Putting in place the overhyped Team India, whose experts(read cheerleaders) said before the start that they will brush aside the Aussies. Yuvraj showed once again what he is- a champion on flat tracks and medium pace, but a sitting duck against just about anything else. And Ishant Sharma can stare and glare and sledge all that he wants to batsmen:but his ODI record is getting increasingly embarassing.

  • on October 13, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Well ,India were nowhere in this match .So all we can say is India have to think about the pace attack. Miracles can't happen every day.Comprehensive performance from the Aussies.But its always the same thing .India lose first and the last game of the series and it will be like that again.Good luck India

  • tcherian on October 13, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    How come they keep playing Vinay Kumar time and again. Ishant is another one-this is going to be closer than one thought before. Good job aussies

  • on October 13, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    hats off Aussies... amazing performance. you guys left no stone unturned, played to your maximum skill and endurance. good luck India, my faith in you guys could never extinguish

  • mzm149 on October 13, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Of all the teams playing, Australia has the best preparation for 2015 World Cup. They have the best lot of young players and with them they can play 2 or 3 full fledged teams. They have the best batsmen and pace bowlers for ODIs. The only area in which they lack preparation is quality spin bowling attack. If they properly groom Fawad Ahmed, Doherty, O'Keefe or even Nathan Lyon for ODIs they will be invincible in ODI cricket once again.

  • Nmiduna on October 13, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    guyss..the best conclusion we can draw from this is India can't play quality pace.. that's why they are weak in tests, that's why they lost today and that's why they are afraid of going to SA. and that's also why they keep trashing us Sri Lankans! (coz they can play average seamers and good spin)

  • darsh127 on October 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    The indian line up should look like this : Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara/ Rayudu, Raina/Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja/ Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvi, Zaheer, Yadav.. ..

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Well played Oz.. better team won. Finch is exceptional. And Maxwell.. Oh Boy he is the next big thing happenig in world cricket.. Ishnat should not be included in the next match. where did go Munaf patel ?? Nehra ? RP Singh ?? get one of them in Plz. best of the luck for both teams.. a Pakistani cricket fan

  • sachin_paul on October 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    We all know what happens next...........Dhoni cries to his superiors , the next six matches will be played in slow and low dust bowls. Ashwin and Jadeja will boost their statistics and India will win. No wonder this cowardly Indian team are scared to tour South Africa...if Clint McKay can trouble them so much, what will Dale Steyn do to them?!! And if Phil Hughes can hand these 'pacers' their backsides, what will Amla, Kallis and De Villiers do to them?! Hide in the hole , typical Dhoni

  • Sunil_Roger on October 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Easy guys..This is just a one-off performance from the Men in Blue(yea the bowling needs a serious rethink)..But don't forget that we had a great winning streak before this series..Let the series proceed..We have, in most cases, started off with a loss and then gone on to win the series..Let's not lose hope on our Champions..:) Kudos Aussies..!!

  • kandhala on October 13, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Ashwin should retire which makes india to win atleast one match. He forgot bowling long back, only thing which keeps him in India Side is he is playing for CSK, Dhoni and Srinivasan Supporting him without Shame and Values.

  • sweet2hrme on October 13, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    I think Ind going to struggle in jaipur as well as jaipur's pitch also suite for Aus styles. More swing & bounce in jaipur..

  • vsroc on October 13, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(October 13,2013) It was a true professional team performance by Australia against Team India in the first ODI match played at Pune.George Bailey played captain's knock for Australia and utilised the resources well to beat India in convincing fashion.This enabled them to lead the series 1-0.

  • sweetspot on October 13, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Excellent performance from Australia and great intensity right through. Thoroughly deserving winners today. As usual, some Indian fans are dishing out hate messages against players they simply do not like!

    The chase seemed well within control while Raina and Kohli were at the crease, but after Raina and Yuvi got out, no idea why Kohli would choose to slow down so badly with Dhoni at the other end. Giving a maiden over to a bowler that should have been targeted, after crossing a personal 50 is just sacrilege while chasing 300+! Inexplicably, his strike rate went down towards the end of his innings and there was added pressure after he got out.

    @Haleos - cricket is a skill game, and Ashwin has shown enough skill to be there. Nice compliment regarding his athleticism by the way!

  • on October 13, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I felt from the start that, MS Dhoni and the think tank made a mistake in choosing the squad for this ODI. Definitely, T20 and ODI are different forms of games and you can't have the same squad playing and on top of that changing the batting order is only experiment not permanent.

    With an exception to Yuvraj (as he needs time), I wondered why in the heck do we need Vinay Kumar? when instead we could have had a fast bowler like Umesh or other fast bowler. Another question is, why did we have to take out Dinesh Karthik? He was playing good and he played brilliantly in IPL and CPL too.

    Openers need time, I guess...but Ravinder Jadeja should be given some break and Dinesh Karthik should be given a chance. We have Yuvi to take the role of Jadeja bring in D.K and everything will be back to normal.

  • on October 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Nice display of bowling specially Johnson and flunker when Johnson bowled with pace of 150 kmh it was awesome and specially yuvraj out

  • sweet2hrme on October 13, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I am not impressed by Dhoni and team management decisions. Where is Umesh Yadav?? Why Aswin all the times when you see his performance is very very ordinary these days. All most all Bowlers bowling juicy full toss, half tracker and half volleys. All Indian bowlers looking tired. Dhoni captaincy is also going far below the par by every match by match. This is real test for Indian batsmans.. Aus hv quality attack. Jhonson bowling with great pace Faulkner is very impressive Watson good steady line. Over all Aus is very good side as they proved in 1st incounter by wining comprehrensively. Ind was never in the game except first 6 ovr. Please i dnt want to see Aswin in odi atleast for 2 series now. He happily deserved punishment. For Dhoni, i dnt know what went wrong for him. He is taking some poor decisiƶns. I m very much impressed by Bailey captaincy. In batting their batsmans were positive. And in bowling they are aggresive as usual. U see Aus is playing with 4 fast good fabowlers. So they reduced the chances of hitting big shots(6s&4s) while India, they are leaking runs on both sides by bowling very ordinary balls.

  • arvinvaz on October 13, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    First of all..its just the first match of the series,there r still games to be played,We cant judge just by the first game and I agree Australians were a better side in all compartments in this game.well done to them!!I have a very strong feeling that Indians will bounce back from next game onwards.. Home support,there is depth in the batting,they r still high with confidence after victories in champions trophy and the tri series in the carribean..So lets not b too harsh and being conclusive after just one game,U never know,India would probably lift the series in the end..well done aussies for this game!chrx

  • SamRoy on October 13, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Replace ishant and vinay with unadkat and shami and you will concede 20 runs less. And play Mishra in place of either Ashwin or Jadeja and he will earn 1 or 2 more wickets.

  • on October 13, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Team needs to analyse the role of Ishant.

    Spearhead bowling at maximum of 133 kmph. Shocking. Also his length needs a lot of improvement. Overall bowling is a cause of worry

  • S.Seshachalam on October 13, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Ishant and Raina have both taken their places for granted. High time to look for good replacements. What is Pujara doing sitting out?!!

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    As dhoni said after being defeated at the toss by the coin and baily, he would have liked to chase but could not chase despite changing the bat due to pinch of the finch. There is no formula for that. Poor Harsha whose tone becomes emotional on every boundary hit by india must be heart broken. Johnson who looked off color during CLT20 became otherwise to the surprise indian team and fans. Ashwin is too predictable, sometimes he deliberately stops before delivering and sometimes tries doosra but was not effective in this match. May be he is again sliding in confidence. Dhawan has also been picked as he is easily done by slower and late moving deliveries. Jadeja should be dropped who is far from his role as an allrounder. Kohli's one over more seems to be a ritual and seriously fails every time. Anyway, indians have experience to stop this slide in their icc rankings as they have to win all remaining games to keep top spot which will then go to aussies to the delight of cricket lovers

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    I request Dhoni not to take Shikar Dhavan,Ishanth Sharma,Vinay kumar & also Bhuvanesh Kumar and try remaining pacers and another opener to continue our No.1 status

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Now I know what would've happened if India had toured South Africa for series. Can't play quality pace even on flat wickets.

  • Sarangarajan on October 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    How long you can hide this spineless bowling attack-?India, unless, they do some drastic changes in bowling, are going to be walloped again and again in this series .The Aussies have already found a very effective way of keeping the Indian batsmen quiet with "short pitched stuff". It is going to be double- whammy-for India in store .ineffective bowling and ineffective batting against short pitched stuff. Ishant is a waste in any form of Cricket. There is no "thought process i"n the bowling- What experience counts? Finch, Maxwell , Watson and Bailey are going to make a feast on this insipid Indian blowing attack.

  • PrasPunter on October 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @sando31, thats right. Its a long series and taking it a match at a time would help the team. We can't get ahead. India is a strong-ODI team and pretty much capable of fighting back. I just hope this is not a one-off performance from both the teams. Hope this repeats !! Just a hope.

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    What can you say from a team that lacks talent. Australia with important top fit players missing still beat managed to thrash India on easy wicket and with huge home support. Even Ireland or Afghanistan would've played much better in my view today.

  • EnglishCricket on October 13, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well done Australia for such an easy victory!! India are an ordinary team and Australia was without the best batsman Clarke and main bowlers like Siddle, Harris, Lyons etc missing still you were not good enough on flat tracks at home. Even overrated Sir Jadeja couldn't save you with the bat.

  • Nightwing32 on October 13, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Who needs Matthew Wade when you got Phil Hughes. Beast keeper.

  • PrasPunter on October 13, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    good one from Aus but india is a very very tough place to play. Just hope that that is not a one-off from (A)us.

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Wow!! I seriously underestimated my own side. What was special was not so much the batting but the bowling!! Australia would of expected a significant total with such a weak Indian attack on a flat track but to contain an All star Indian batting lineup on a flat track to win by 72 runs; speaks volumes for the discipline and tenacity of our bowlers. India better watch out from now on because they havent yet seen the best of Watson's batting yet or for that matter Maxwell's. The side could be further improved by replacing hughes with maddinson and doherty with Coulter-nile though it would be unusually cruel to change this lineup after tonights performance!

  • shrastogi on October 13, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Ravi Shastri in his pitch report said that side batting first would like to defend 250-260. He was proved correct India couldnt even score those runs but had they been chasing those many runs the story of chase would have been different. I was slightly perplexed at the Indian batting order. Raina should never bat at 4. I think middle order should be Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni & Raina with Dhoni having the flexibility to move up. I'm not happy with the way Ishant and Ashwin are bowling. They would have to raise their game to retain their places.

  • hhillbumper on October 13, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Ha ha ha.looks like India are as much use as a world ODI number 1 as they were as a test number 1. Any bit of pace and the flat track bullies wilt. Well done India on that great showing.

  • sando31 on October 13, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and I'm stoked with this big win from the boys with numerous key players missing due to injury or resting ahead of the Ashes series, but we cannot get ahead of ourselves. Yes we outplayed the Indians today but they're a class limited overs side and WILL come back in the next matches. It's important that we keep a strong group dynamic, play one match at a time and don't worry about the Ashes. If we do this, we'll be number 1 in a few weeks time!

  • cric_roch on October 13, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    This is probably a weaker Australian team...but importantly most of these players spend more time in india than Australia....these are familiar conditions for them...its an even contest...who are good on the day will win the match

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Indian batsmen can't deal with short pitched deliveries on their flat tracks...I wonder what will happen if they tour Australia to play bilateral series? I reckon they'll be whitewashed for sure. So much for the world champions. Indians should think multiple times before dismissing others as minnows

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    india has to think again about their bowling. Strategy of India is same as Pakistan. Both rely on one part of Cricket and not showing all-round performance. India good in batting but lacks bowling while Pakistan dominates in bowling but their batting let them down.

  • realfan on October 13, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    i blame ishant , and dhoni for this match... and selectors too.... who selects ishant who plays for the opposition... i mean seriously??? you are lead pace bowler with experience, you come to bowl when the run rate is under 5, and you complete two overs and runrate is near to 6.... laugh at yourself man...get your hair cut first and get the balls in right areas.... both the SHARMA's are prooving me wrong again and again... i dont know whats with selectors and sharma's.. but seriously selectors are not aiming for WC15..... and dhoni is to be blamed for not giving bhuvi ( your most economical bowler) a full quota... and i blame dhoni for not picking unadkat in place of ishant.... and selectors for selecting ishant....

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    dhoni always not but most of the time he disappoints

  • Tal_Botvinnik on October 13, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @kahvas: What you have seen our selector's and board's incompetence (eg: batting positions, selections) not the young talent.

  • TejasNK on October 13, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    There are a lot of better bowlers than Ishant Sharma. Most of the matches are indeed lost out due to him. I don't think Ashwin is to be blamed because everyone does have a bad day. There are a lot of aspiring bowlers waiting in the ranks and must be given a chance instead of persisting with Ishant. Even Zaheer can be recalled because he adds a lot of experience to the bowling and looks a lot fitter.

  • on October 13, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    This is a really exceptional result for the seriously understrength Aussies against the number one ODI side in their own backyard. Missing practically their entire Ashes XI, who would have expected this hammering? I know it's a different form of the game and understandably they're not risking their test players but a lot of them like captain Clarke would normally have played.

  • ricky8741 on October 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    the score was too much for india to chase. i would say that bowlers are the one to blame.

  • Damian123 on October 13, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    It looks like the Indians can't "bully even the flat tracks" now! LOL

  • kahvas on October 13, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @ Lachinta, please we've seen your talent. You've lost like so many times its hard to keep count and your new talent weighs like 100 pounds, cant even clear the 30 yard circle

  • kahvas on October 13, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    It just breaks my heart watching Jadeja bat at #7. I dont understand what it will take for Indian Team Management to understand that Jadeja is not meant to bat at anything above #8. I mean he may bat well in the first innings, but second innings under pressure of a run chase is very different. Even the so called gods of cricket, piling runs in first innings couldn't handle the pressure of chasing looking at records and the mere matches they've won in second innings. You need the heart of Yuvi, Raina, Kohli etc. India need Gautam Gambhir at #3, and batting lineup that extends with Raina coming at #7. Get rid of Ishant, have jadeja come at 8 or 9, with Ashwin, Bhuvi and maybe Shami. Yuvi, Raina and company can bowl better than Ishant to make up the extra 10

  • Hetdave19 on October 13, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Ashwin and Ishant played worst and they gave too many runs to the Aussies so India unfortunately have to chase this mach big target 305......Mishra or Shami Ahmed must be replaced by them.

  • Captainman on October 13, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Not only this Indian team gets thrashed overseas but even loses on flat tracks at home. Kohli is the only top quality youngster India has in the team.

  • on October 13, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    As most of the people here have been saying, I really don't know what Ishant Sharma has done to get a permanent place in the side...perhaps, this is the biggest mistake committed by the selection committee (which otherwise has been functioning excellently) ! I mean, both Rohit and Ishant need to prove that they are special talents by performing on field! In reality, Zaheer Khan was a better bowler in the home series against England and he just showed his hunger to get back into the team against WI A by scalping 4 wickets... Ashwin is undoubtedly the best bet in the spin dept. and I don't see any need to drop him now(except that he needs to be warned about his fitness)... Even Vinay Kumar has done justice compared to Ishant who has a horrific SR of 68 n odd in tests(after 51 tests!!) and an equally bad avg. of 38! He has been OK in ODIs but even then, he is the most unproductive player in the current XI!

  • FairCricket_indinaus on October 13, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    This is what ausies are great at. When Mitchell Johnson bowled 3 for 19, the captain took him off knowing he has created the presurre and the other bowlers to follw will deliver which they did. Had it been India, they wud have bowled him 7 overs as there is nothing to follow. Indian bowling is below average. I was on about pace earlier, look what pace from johnson has done. Why cant India find 5 pacers from 1.25 billion people. Just 5 who cud blow the stumps apart.

  • sachinisawesome on October 13, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner If players like eranga and Parera are playing for International teams then I don't know how can we stop Ishant and ashwin. Let alone playing international matches there is a cricketer who has played 400 matches for a team as a specialist batsman and has average of 32. If he was born in India he would have been sent to our neighboring nation as their he could become a LEGEND.

  • arnie66 on October 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I have never understood why Ishant Sharma gets picked up again and again. He performs miserably in every match. If you look at his statistics on cric info, his economy rate and average does not warrant a selection. Vinay Kumar also cannot bowl. Other bowlers like Mohit kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Zaheer Khan, Shami Ahmed and Unmadkat are far better than these clowns. Does anyone know why Ishant gets picked repeatedly inspite of bad performances?

  • on October 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Ashwin should replace Mishra ....

  • on October 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    i think ishant sharma should b droped from the team now he is just a midiocre seamer nothing else ...

  • on October 13, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Ashwin is the 2nd most economical bowler in the match yet ppl want him out of the team!

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Sick & tired of ishant & ashwin bowling ,when dhoni will give others bowlers chances ,watching ishant sharma since 2011 ashes series without dropping or injuries but never see his bowling improving ..please dhoni this time try ur bench Warmers,nothing to loose

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Bhuvanesh kumar is useless bowler. He should be replaced by A Mithun or S Sandeep Warrier or M Rangarajan. Rohit sharma to be replaced by A Mukund, Shikhar by B Aparajith, Kohli by S. Badrinath, Yuvraj by MK Pandey or Sanju samson. It will be invincible Team India.

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    No wide or no balls, still Australia managed to get 300+. It clearly suggests that this wicket has nothing much to offer bowlers.

  • landl47 on October 13, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    No way of knowing at the halfway point whether this is a good enough total, but my gut feeling is that it's 25 runs short. This is about as flat a pitch as I've ever seen- no pace, bounce or spin- and India have the batsmen who can just hit through the line when the ball isn't doing anything. Australia only has one fast bowler in the side (Johnson), the rest are medium pacers or non-spinning spinners which should suit India.

    India to win by 5 wickets- now go on, Australia, prove me wrong!

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on October 13, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Why is Ishant still in this team, instead of Mohit Sharma or Jaydev Unadkat or even Mohd. Shami?

    Why is Mishra sitting on the bench while Ashwin is being taken to the cleaners?

    Why is Kohli bowling?

    Thank God for Jaddu and Yuvi.

  • realfan on October 13, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    i got to say finch and bailey played well... they played flawless innings....

  • pull_shot on October 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Ishant Sharma please announce ur retirement for good of Indian cricket i have seen out of ur 42 deliveries u bowled only 5 balls r on stumps remaining they r too much room outside off stump or on d pads and 30 balls r short and 20 balls short and wide i can't believe ur international bowlers. Initially i thought ur pace and ur natural length r perfect for stroke making as d ball don't bounce but seeing ur overseas performances in champions trophy and tri series where there is help and bhuvi bowling threatening opposition and ur leaking @7 per over and let us don't talk about wickets and just saw ur test record u have ONLY 3 5wicket halls out of 51 test matches cant say anything

  • realfan on October 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    indian pace attack.... god where is the PACE guys... ok we cant give more pace... where is the SWING guys??? ok pitch is not helpful for swing.... where are THE YORKERS guys???? SHORT BALLS???? its not like u can get wickets with good length balls outside off stump.... we have mohit sharma, unadkat, where is PRAVEEN KUMAR guys????

  • indi_flat_track_bully on October 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    What a player Finch is, absolutely delightful to watch. Should be MOM when Aus wins; getting Aus to a brilliant start. Bailey is also a very special ODI player, very unfortunate not making it to his century.

    Australia getting 300+ in India in the series opener against India shows the state of this blue team. Not sure if its the bowling, selecting, captaincy or simply that this team just lacks skill.

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Australia will still have to bowl very well to defend this total. Johnson must take wickets upfront and there must be a steady stream of wickets leaving Dhoni and Yuvraj with too much too do. Being an Australian fan; I'd still back India at this point!

  • realfan on October 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    so ishant bowls half tracker, slow ball on length in the death overs heh...... god please tell him to quit..... if dhoni thinks of ishant as indian pace lead again, i am telling u... indian are in deep trouble in odi, let alone tests..... i mean who bowls a half tracker outside off stump with 130kmph in death overs..... he never learns... vinay does good in his initial overs, but he is liability in death overs... ishant is liability in any over... ashwin did well to comeback... you cant always relay on bhuvi, jadeja, ashwin and batsmen everytime..... u need pace man.... i say bring back yadhav to open attak with bhuvi and unadkat to control with spinners in middle order.... yadhav may go for runs... but he is not fool enough to bowls half trackers in death overs.... i am sure there are good bowlers in india... bring back zaheer, at least he will give some tips to our bowlers....

  • safiullah.asifi on October 13, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Some very poor bowling from Ishan Sharma, what was the including in the squad as he already shown some poor bowling and fielding in the last few games. Please give chance to Shami and Unadkat.Also replace Ashwin with Mishi.

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Australia has played well to finish at 304/8. It would be interesting to see if India can beat the target? Sometime India is so good at home that any target is gettable. Australian at the moment is under pressure at the moment and let's hope they can win and restore some confidence.

  • D-Ascendant on October 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Why is it Australia approach T20s like they only have to bat 15 overs? And approach 50-over games like they only have to bat 40 overs?

  • FairCricket_indinaus on October 13, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    God game, initially commentators sugegst a 250-260 game. Now 290-300 game. Will see. Just something which really frustrates me, what was Ishant bowling when he was over the wicket, half trackers outside off with no pace. Its was wow great shot, i say its just year 5 school stuff bowling. Boycott would have said 'even my mum could hit it'. Such a big lad but no pace no sense bowling. Then he went round the wicket and was bowling in to the legs when the field was set to off. Just on pace, Vinay Kumar - not that he is 36 and played 200 games with 300 wickets and worlds no 1 bowler that he reply on no pace as would bowl a great line and length. Rubbish, where is the pace mate - what a disgrace. Then dhoni brings in kohli to bowl, 60mph half trackers asking to be butchered. Ashwin has just lost it all anyway. Thanks to jaddu and yuvi to pull it back. Cant wait for a dhawan onslaught. He just needs to contain his cut in the airto third man. Will see

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    why is everyone so critical about Ashwin's performance everyone got whacked before Hughes wicket

  • Haleos on October 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    As always so called part timers doing better than ashwin. god knows when sense will prevail in Indian cricket. Keep saying he is good in Tests but has become worse than club spinners lately. Look at Ajmal, Swan etc who keep getting better.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 13, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Big bad miss from Watson. This is where Ponting was so good, capitalising on good starts, you can't afford to waste them. Fine if you're bowled, caught behind or trapped lbw, but a big mighty heave straight to the fielder first ball of an over of a part time is no good.

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Perfect team for the Aussies but the indian team should have included unadkat instead of ishant. And mishra instead of ash...

  • on October 13, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    aaron finch bad opennig which team win today

  • Haleos on October 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Ashwin should have rested. Tired of dhoni giving so many opportunities to him. Have not see a less unathletic sportman. Even Ranatunga and Inzi bhai were more athletic than him. Mishra deserves a chance. When will this CSK inclusion without performance end?

  • Haleos on October 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Ashwin should have rested. Tired of dhoni giving so many opportunities to him. Have not see a less unathletic sportman. Even Ranatunga and Inzi bhai were more athletic than him. Mishra deserves a chance. When will this CSK inclusion without performance end?

  • on October 13, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    aaron finch bad opennig which team win today

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Perfect team for the Aussies but the indian team should have included unadkat instead of ishant. And mishra instead of ash...

  • xtrafalgarx on October 13, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Big bad miss from Watson. This is where Ponting was so good, capitalising on good starts, you can't afford to waste them. Fine if you're bowled, caught behind or trapped lbw, but a big mighty heave straight to the fielder first ball of an over of a part time is no good.

  • Haleos on October 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    As always so called part timers doing better than ashwin. god knows when sense will prevail in Indian cricket. Keep saying he is good in Tests but has become worse than club spinners lately. Look at Ajmal, Swan etc who keep getting better.

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    why is everyone so critical about Ashwin's performance everyone got whacked before Hughes wicket

  • FairCricket_indinaus on October 13, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    God game, initially commentators sugegst a 250-260 game. Now 290-300 game. Will see. Just something which really frustrates me, what was Ishant bowling when he was over the wicket, half trackers outside off with no pace. Its was wow great shot, i say its just year 5 school stuff bowling. Boycott would have said 'even my mum could hit it'. Such a big lad but no pace no sense bowling. Then he went round the wicket and was bowling in to the legs when the field was set to off. Just on pace, Vinay Kumar - not that he is 36 and played 200 games with 300 wickets and worlds no 1 bowler that he reply on no pace as would bowl a great line and length. Rubbish, where is the pace mate - what a disgrace. Then dhoni brings in kohli to bowl, 60mph half trackers asking to be butchered. Ashwin has just lost it all anyway. Thanks to jaddu and yuvi to pull it back. Cant wait for a dhawan onslaught. He just needs to contain his cut in the airto third man. Will see

  • D-Ascendant on October 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Why is it Australia approach T20s like they only have to bat 15 overs? And approach 50-over games like they only have to bat 40 overs?

  • on October 13, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Australia has played well to finish at 304/8. It would be interesting to see if India can beat the target? Sometime India is so good at home that any target is gettable. Australian at the moment is under pressure at the moment and let's hope they can win and restore some confidence.

  • safiullah.asifi on October 13, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Some very poor bowling from Ishan Sharma, what was the including in the squad as he already shown some poor bowling and fielding in the last few games. Please give chance to Shami and Unadkat.Also replace Ashwin with Mishi.