Australia beats India by 34 runs in 1st ODI in Sydney

India's Rohit Sharma falls onto the stumps while trying to avoid a run out by Australia during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Jason Behrendorff celebrates taking the wicket of India's M.S. Dhoni during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Usman Khawaja prepares to attempt a catch against India during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Aaron Finch, left, shakes hands with India's Rohit Sharma, right, after he was caught out against during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
India's M.S. Dhoni walks off after losing his wicket to Australia's Jason Behrendorff during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Jason Behrendorff celebrates taking the wicket of India's M.S. Dhoni during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
India's Rohit Sharma gets a top edge that will have him caught out against Australia during their one day international cricket match in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY — Australia's reserve pacemen and recalled batsmen beat India by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Rohit Sharma scored 133 but couldn't overhaul the hosts' 288-5 in the one-day international series opener.

Usman Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in almost two years while Peter Handscomb, playing his first one-day match in 15 months, top-scored with 73 after Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat.

Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, both called up in the absence of rested pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, quickly reduced India to four wickets for three runs.

Behrendorff trapped Shikhar Dhawan lbw for a golden duck then Richardson, who finished with figures of 4-26 and was named man of the match, removed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu within three balls.

Sharma countered with his 22nd one-day century, sharing a 137-run stand with M.S. Dhoni as they threatened to take India to victory.

A victory equation of 75 runs from the final five overs ultimately proved insurmountable and Sharma went down swinging at Marcus Stoinis.

Earlier, Stoinis smacked an unbeaten 47 off 43 balls as Australia batted out its full 50 overs for just the third time in nine ODIs under coach Justin Langer.

"I'm ecstatic," Richardson said. "It's good to put a personal performance on the board but I'm just really excited with the way Australian cricket is heading."

The teams play the second one-dayer on Tuesday in Adelaide and the third Friday in Melbourne.

"We kept losing wickets at the wrong time," Sharma said. "These are the games that will teach you a lot."

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