Australia beat India by 65 runs in the first tri one-day series international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today. Earlier, Debutant Matthew Wade clubbed 67 and David Hussey a brisk unbeaten 61 as Australia reached 216 for five off 32 overs.
Wicketkeeper Wade followed up his big-hitting 72 in the Twenty20 series with a belligerent 67 off 69 balls with two sixes and four fours to push the home side to a competitive total after rain reduced the scheduled 50-overs a side game.
David Hussey followed up with a sprightly 61 off 30 balls, including two sixes in the final over off Ravindra Jadeja to have the Australians scoring at 6.75 runs an over.
Australia were 35 for two after 11 overs when rain hit the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But the home side came out blazing after the weather interruption adding 181 in 21 overs.
Paceman Ranganath Vinay Kumar was the best of India’s bowlers with three for 21 off seven overs, while the spinners were clobbered.
Ravi Ashwin went wicketless for 48 from his five overs, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma had one for 44 off 6.2 overs and Jadeja had 41 taken off 16 balls.
India had some early joy, removing the dangerous David Warner for eight, going for a slog only to be bowled by Vinay Kumar, while Ricky Ponting went for two after hitting straight to Suresh Raina at short extra cover off Kumar. (AFP)