Stand-in captain George Bailey’s smooth 85 aided Australia’s 72-run win over India at Pune in the first of seven one-day internationals between the teams.
Twenty20 international skipper Bailey, leading in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, hit 10 fours in the 82 balls he faced to underpin a dominant 304 for eight on a slow and uneven surface.
James Faulkner’s 3-47 from eight overs then undermined the hosts’ floodlit reply that ended with two balls unused.
Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch, who capitalised on Bailey winning the toss with a steady century opening stand, got Australia going with 47 and 72 respectively.
Although Ravindra Jadeja was economical with 1-35 from his 10, Bailey paced his innings nicely to remain until the closing overs when some lusty blows took the tourists beyond 300.
India began their reply well enough and, after Brad Haddin was forced from the field when over-zealous celebrations of Shikhar Dhawan's wicket caused the wicketkeeper an eye injury that makes him a doubt for Wednesday's game, top-order batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina contributed 42, 61 and 39 respectively.
However, the hosts’ next-best score was captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 19, which all but ensured victory for Bailey’s men for whom Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay and Shane Watson cost less than four an over.