Debutant wades in to CB Series
Australia comfortably beat India by 65 runs at the MCG in a rain-reduced opening match of the Commonwealth Bank Series.
Seeking to overhaul a highly-competitive 216 for five in a contest of 32 overs a side following the loss of more than three hours of play, the tourists were bowled out for 151 in the 30th.
Making his one-day international debut and opening the batting, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade top-scored with 67 from 69 balls and took man-of-the-match honours.
Wade received great support from the Hussey brothers - David, who smashed an unbeaten 61 from 30 deliveries, and Mike, who belted 45 from 32.
Seamer Clint McKay returned the best figures for the the hosts - without Brett Lee who was ruled out of the triangular series, also featuring Sri Lanka, due to a broken foot - with 4-20 from 4.4 overs.
India’s innings started poorly and folded quickly.
Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc had Sachin Tendulkar held by a diving Ricky Ponting at backward point and Gautam Gambhir caught behind by Wade.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 51 for the third wicket before both were dispatched in McKay's opening over, for 31 and 21 to the same combination of catchers respectively.
India slumped to 77 for five when Australia's other ODI debutant, Dan Christian, had Suresh Raina caught at mid-off.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja advanced the score to 114 in the 24th over to give the tourists a sniff, but Jadeja's dismissal for 19 sparked a slide of four wickets for 14 runs.
He pulled McKay to deep midwicket, Christian ran Ravichandran Ashwin out going for a third before Rahul Sharma was bowled by Xavier Doherty and Dhoni, on 29, lofted the left-arm spinner to long-off.
Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar added 23 for the last wicket until the former was brilliantly caught at long-on for 15 by Ryan Harris off McKay.
After Dhoni won the toss, Vinay made a double breakthrough when he bowled David Warner and had Ponting caught at cover.
Play was interrupted at 35 for two from 11 overs. Conscious of the need to step up the tempo on the resumption, captain Michael Clarke holed out off Rohit.
Wade and Mike Hussey proceeded to take 73 runs from the next 50 balls - the key partnership of the innings - until Wade played on to Rohit.
After Hussey was caught on the square-leg boundary off Vinay, it was left to younger brother David to close the innings and he did an outstanding job - smashing four fours and three sixes. With him at the finish was Christian on 17 from 16 deliveries.