Kumar goes aerial, but way up in the air, and Voges comes under it at mid off to complete a testing catch.
Well there you have it. Australia go 1-0 up in the series, against most of the expert's predictions, and India now have their work cut out as they need to keep Australia from winning the series 6-1 in order to protect their number one ODI ranking. Bailey will be especially pleased with how his players, both batsmen and bowlers, fared today, and it should give them confidence into the rest of the series. Thank you so much for choosing ESPNcricinfo to get the latest news and up-to-the-minute ball-by-ball coverage of this first ODI between India and Australia. On behalf of the scorers, this is Rohan Sharma saying good night, and good luck!
George Bailey, Australia captain and Man of the Match: It was a fantastic all-round performance. We spoke about that before the game. We had to do that right through the series, and get contributions regularly, if we wanted to beat India in this series. There were a couple of times India got on top, but to our bowlers credit, our bowlers found a way to fight back. Johnson has been really impressive over the last couple of months, and was impressive in England too. He definitely gave us a great start. Yeah, putting on 300 was really good and we had contributions right down the order. The 100-run stand set a great platform, and Maxwell provided great impetus in the middle, with Faulkner and the bowlers hitting well at the end. It was important to have even contributions through the order. We were looking at 300 from the start so it was important we started well. But it is going to be a bit of a war of attrition this series, so now on to the next one.
MS Dhoni, India captain: The way we started we weren't able to build partnerships. We should have got closer. Was disappointed with the shot selection today. Once you are set its important to carry on. That's what we talk about in this game. If you look at the wicket, with the time we started, it was definitely going to swing a bit, but we struggled a bit. We don't have genuine fast bowlers, more swing bowlers, so we couldn't generate the bounce that the other bowlers (Australia) did. The spinners did well, but when we finished off [the innings] we gave too much away. We had to hit the deck from the start. If you can dig it in, you get extra bounce. Spinners did well, but we have to consider the dew factor. We were in a decent position, and at one point the game was 50/50. it was important that the batsman carried on till the Powerplay. We have got the power the achieve that, but we played shots that were not really intended. That harmed us. It is important that when we chase we have to make solid partnerships. I think the most important period in a chase is between the 25th and 35th over, as you can't lose any wickets then.
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James Faulkner: It was a good team effort. We know it was tough going against them. McKay bowled exceptionally well. Mitch (Mitchell) has been bowling well for the past 6 months. He has been bowling fast and swinging the ball. I think on this wicket here I was trying to keep it really simple. I think we did well as a team to restrict them to 230. There was a little more grass here than what we have seen from T20 cricket, but as I said, it was a good team performance. I think India showed their class the other night when they chased over 200. We put up 300 today, so we did our job. We expect a good remaining six matches to come as well.
Australia 1, India 0. The bowlers have backed up a wonderful display of batting which began with Aaron Finch and Philip Hughes putting on an instrumental 110 run stand, before George Bailey came into the fray and scored 85 off 81, with some helpful cameos from Maxwell and Faulkner, to get Australia to 304. Even with a star-studded batting line-up, India were put to the sword by an excellent opening spell from Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay, and, apart from a period when Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli were cruising, Australia looked resigned to a certain defeat. But the go-slow approach backfired in a huge way, and India paid the price. So Australia win this by 72 runs, and go 1-0 up in the series.
flighted and on the stumps, Kumar defends it solidly
what a terrible ball, and Ishant respects this as if it was a good length ball. This one lands somewhere near the median point of the wicket, and almost bounces twice before Ishant intervenes
Kumar just lofts this down to long on and goes to the other end to see Ishant bat (snigger)
And with an over left, Finch into the attack
and does the same once again. If someone could remind Ishant he is playing in colours and not whites. Even if the asking rate is hopeless..
length ball and Ishant does what he does best. Blocks this out
Gurinder: "Wonder why India doesn't try new bowlers if ishant and vinay goes for econ of 8 every game ??"
lovely flighted delivery which beats Vinay completely as he dances down to try and hammer this over the leg side. Australia just one wicket away from ending this
darted in on middle as Kumar heaves this through to midwicket
length ball as Vinay advances down the track, and then checks his shot to work this away to the off side
pitched up on leg as Kumar goes for the hoick down the leg side
142 kph, back of a length as Vinay defends staunchly on the back foot
148 kph, back of a length and Vinay does well to get on top of it
143 kph, length ball going down the leg side as Vinay steps back to try and work this away through the off side
Jake Bradley : "This is suppose to be one of the weakest Aussie side to tour India. Yet, we are still winning!! hah"
144 kph, darted on middle as Vinay goes for another swipe
131 kph, back of a length which Kumar guides through third man
low full toss as Vinay Kumar has a flash at it, with the ball carrying to the off side
Vinay advances down to this length ball to cross-bat through extra-cover
pitched up and Kumar goes for another slog, but squirts this through square leg
darted in and beats everyone as Vinay goes for a wild swing
low full toss as Kumar goes for the slog sweep to midwicket. Hughes running in but is unable to hold on to it