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VOL 23 NO 62 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Tuesday, January 12 2016
Posted : 12 Jan, 2016 19:34:10 AA-A+
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Australia beats India by 5 wickets
Australia beats India by 5 wickets


Steve Smith and George Bailey scored centuries and shared a 242-run partnership as Australia beat India by five wickets in the series-opening limited-overs international on Tuesday, reaching the victory target of 310 with four balls to spare.



After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 309-3 with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 171 from 163 balls and Virat Kohli contributing 91 to a 207-run second-wicket partnership, surpassing the record 199 for India against Australia held by Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S Laxman since 2001.



The Indian top-order batsmen dominated an inexperienced Australian attack on the true WACA wicket, with James Faulkner's 2-60 the pick of the bowling figures.



The World Cup champions were in trouble at 2-21 in reply, with Barinda Sran (3-56) removing opener Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) before Smith and Bailey set up the victory with the fourth-highest ODI partnership ever for Australia.



Bailey scored 112 from 120 balls and was instrumental in helping Smith, who scored 149 from 135 balls before he was dismissed in the last over, take the ascendency against India's slow bowlers in the middle overs. Mitch Marsh finished unbeaten on 12 and James Faulkner (1) hit the winning run as Australia reached 310-5.



Smith, the Australia captain, won the player of the match award.



The second game in the five-match series will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday, according to a news agency. - Idrak

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