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    1st ODI: Clinical Australia thrash India by 72 runs to take 1-0 series lead

    Pune: Unflinched by India's favourites tag, Australia produced a clinical performance at Pune to thrash India by 72 runs and take 1-0 lead in the seven-match series.

    Having won the toss, Australia scored 304 for 8 in 50 overs, with captain George Bailey making 85 and Aaron Finch smashing 72. The visitors defended the total equally well, with their bowlers using more bouncers than they used in the one-off twenty20 at Rajkot. While Mitchell Johnson (1 for 38) cranked up the pace over 150 kmph, James Faulkner (3 for 47), Shane Watson (2 for 31) and Clint McKay (2 for 36) restricted the Indian batsmen whenever brought into the attack.

    India never looked comfortable chasing a big total, losing wickets at regular intervals as their innings folded for 232 in 49.4 overs.
    They needed to fire upfront, but they failed to do so, losing both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Rohit Sharma (42) for 66 on board in the 14th over.

    Virat Kohli top-scored with 61 from 85 balls with six fours, while Suresh Raina contributed a 45-ball 39. Ravindra Jadeja (11) and skipper MS Dhoni (19) could not pull the team around after India slumped to 166 for 5 by the 35th over.

    Earlier, Finch struck his second successive half-century of the tour while Bailey too scored a fine fifty as Australia took full toll of the insipid Indian bowling attack to pile on a huge total.

    Finch, who helped the visitors make an imposing 200-plus total at Rajkot, took his time to get going but once set, he took the Indian bowling apart, smashing eight fours and three sixes.

    Finch and fellow opener Phil Hugues (47) got Australia off to a solid start with 110-run opening stand before India fought back through their left-arm spin twins Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 35) and Yuvraj Singh (2 for 34).

    Thereafter, Bailey, who made a duck in the T20 game that Australia lost by four wickets, kept the innings together with a superbly paced 82-ball knock, studded with 10 fours before he was caught at deep mid wicket off Ravichandran Ashwin.

    Faulkner then played a breezy knock (27 off 22 balls) to help the visitors cross the 300-mark after a mid-innings stutter.

    The Indian bowlers, barring Jadeja and Yuvraj, looked off colour, particularly Ishant Sharma (1 for 56), who gave away lot of runs for a late wicket.

    Ashwin started poorly before making it up with two late wickets, including that of Bailey. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0 for 41) and Vinay Kumar (1 for 68) proved too expensive on a track that had something for the fast bowlers.

    (With inputs from PTI)