Howzat for a start for Aussies?


AUSTRALIA has made the first move in its bid to dethrone India as the No.1 ranked one-day kings.

George Bailey's side ended India's eight-match winning streak after a 72-run win in the first ODI in Pune.

Australia, ranked No.2, need to win the seven-match series by a 5-2 margin to replace India at the top.

Man-of-the-match Bailey (pictured) led from the front, scoring 85 off 82 balls after he and big-hitting opener Aaron Finch (72 off 79) helped Australia reach 8 for 304.

In reply, India was bowled out for 232 with all-rounder James Faulkner the pick of the attack with 3 for 47.

Apart from his Indian victims, Faulkner also claimed an Australian scalp - wicketkeeper Brad Haddin - after a high-five celebration went wrong.

Faulkner accidentally poked Haddin in the eye and he was taken off the field to receive treatment.

He was absent for 22 overs before returning and is not expected to be in doubt for tomorrow's second match in Jaipur.

"How embarrassing is that? We couldn't even get our high fives right," Bailey laughed after the match.

Topics:  australia cricket india one day international

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