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Australia v India: Hosts off to great start in second innings despite horror review

Sporting News logo Sporting News 12/01/2019


Australia got off to a flying start in the field as they attempted to defend the target of 289 they'd earlier set India in the first ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

Jhye Richardson of Australia (centre) celebrates with teammates © AAP Image Jhye Richardson of Australia (centre) celebrates with teammates

The hosts' total looked very gettable on a good SCG wicket and with India's star-studded batting line up, but it didn't start according to plan for Virat Kohli's men.

Jason Behrendorff sent Shikhar Dhawan packing for a golden duck in the first over when he caught him plumb LBW.

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That came one ball after the Aussies made a big blue by burning their one and only review after Rohit Sharma was hit on the pad.

Ball tracking showed that the left armer's delivery pitched outside the line of leg stump and swung into Sharma, taking it even further down leg side.

Captain Aaron Finch's disappointment would have been tempered by the removal Dhawan the next ball after the batsmen scurried through for a leg bye.

It got better for Australia shortly after with Jhye Richardson picking up two wickets in his second over.

The first was the huge scalp of Kohli, caught at square leg after he timed a flick off his pads straight to Marcus Stoinis who held on after a slight juggle.

It was then India's turn to throw away a review after Ambati Rayudu was given out after being hit on the pads.

DRS showed the ball hitting leg stump and India were all of a sudden reeling at 3/4.

Veteran MS Dhoni then joined Sharma at the crease, the run rate crawling along as they attempted to mount a chase.

More to come. 

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