Live Score: India vs Australia 1st ODI Match 2013 - IND vs AUS
India vs Australia Live Score, 1st ODI of Australia tour of India 2013 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune played on October 13, 2013.
Australia captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat in the first cricket one-dayer against India here today.
After a thrilling six-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 International in Rajkot, India go as favourites in the seven-match one-day series against Australia that gets under way at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
India will hope to continue their good work in recent times and exploit the familiar conditions to the optimum level. They have a strong batting line-up to post big scores and chase almost anything on their day.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are enjoying a purple patch. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja constitute a solid middle order, while the experienced duo of Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have done wonders together and can change the game quickly. The two had shared an 102-run stand during the Rajkot T20.
Bowling, however, has been a bit of worry, especially after Ravichandran Ashwin went for 41 runs in his two overs in Rajkot. Spinners will be key for India and Ashwin will have to share maximum responsibility. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner sweated it out in the nets on Saturday. He will have Ravindra Jadeja for support.
Yuvraj, who played for the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League, has enjoyed a fair amount of success with the ball at this venue and can be a vital option. The dashing left-hander missed the optional practice session on Saturday, but Dhoni informed that there were no fitness issues.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, another Warriors’ player, also enjoys bowling here. R. Vinay Kumar adds to the option, and can prove handly in the company of Ishant Sharma.
Australia have a good ODI record in India winning three series in 2001 (3-2), 2007 (4-2) and 2009 (4-2), while India enjoyed success (1-0) in the last rain-affected three-match series in 2010.
The visitors batted well in Rajkot even though their skipper George Bailey and former skipper Shane Watson proved to be no shows.
Impressive opener Nic Maddinson makes way for Phil Hughes in the ODI squad and Callum Ferguson, who replaced injured Michael Clarke, is also available for selection. Bowling let them down in the last game and Bailey will hope that the in-form Mitchell Johnson will provide the impetus.
This will be the first ODI at this stadium, having played host to a Twenty 20 game last year. India, on the back of Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance (3/19, 21-ball 38) had beaten England by five wickets in that game.
This city is hosting a one-dayer after eight years since India defeated Sri Lanka at the Nehru Stadium here and the organisers are expecting a full house.