Australia having won a high scoring match at the WACA, take a 1-0 lead in their ODI series against India to the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.
In that first contest, Rohit Sharma struck a stunning 171, which included 7 sixes and 13 fours, as he helped guide his side to a final total of 309-3, but after making early inroads into the hosts batting, the tourists were unable to press home their advantage. Steve Smith the captain, and George Bailey both his centuries for the hosts, and the World Champions won a 5-wicket victory.
The Perth strip certainly favoured the bat, as 319 runs were scored in total, for the loss of a mere eight wickets. This made for a very tough introduction to international cricket for the Australian pair, Scott Boland and Joel Paris. The 18 overs that they delivered between them, costing a combined 127 runs, without a wicket to their name.
Boland indeed picked up an unwanted record, that of recording the worst figures by an Australian on his ODI debut, as he posted 10-overs for 74 runs.
While Boland and Paris will hope to get a second opportunity at the Gabba, the Australians will have to make at least two changes to their starting lineup.
Mitchell Marsh has been given a rest, with John Hastings brought into the squad as his replacement. While with David Warner on paternity leave, Usman Khawaja is called up as cover for the second and third matches of the series.
Although suffering a disappointing loss in the first game, the tourists took a number of positives from the game. Sharm’s stunning effort was the highest ever scored by a visiting batsman in an ODI in Australia, while Virat Kohli looked in good touch with his 91.
With the ball, the debutant Barinder Sran picked up the early wickets of the dangerous Aaron Finch and Warner, to leave the hosts reeling on 21-2. He also returned later in the innings to dismiss the Australian captain Smith Smith, although he had by then scored 149.