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Australia win series opener

Australia win series opener

Matthew Wade scored 67 runs on his ODI debut, while the Hussey brothers contributed 106 runs as Australia reached 216-5 in a 32-over innings which included a three-hour rain interruption.

India was all out for 151 in reply, with left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc (2-33) removing openers Sachin Tendulkar (2) and Gautam Gambhir (5) in a torrid opening spell. Clint McKay (4-20) picked up four wickets, including two in his first over to end a productive, 51-run third-wicket partnership by removing Virat Kohli (31) and Rohit Sharma (21).

It was yet another lopsided defeat for India, which lost all four tests and the opening Twenty20 international before scoring its first win on the Australian tour last Friday in a T20 match at Melbourne.

"It's a really good start for us," said Australia captain Michael Clarke, who skipped the two Twenty20 internationals last week. "I thought Matthew Wade was outstanding .... it was a very good team performance."

After breaking its drought in Australia on Friday, India should have started the Tri-Series on a high.

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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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