Aussies claim ODI opener despite Sharma's ton
Rohit Sharma hit a superb century but India lost the first one-day international with Australia by 34 runs at the SCG.
Sharma smashed 133 off 129 balls with 10 fours and six sixes, but with wickets tumbling at both the top and bottom of the order the Asians came up short in pursuit of 286 for victory.
Having opted to make first use of the Sydney pitch, the Baggy Greens reached 288-5 from their 50 overs thanks to a 61-ball 73 from Peter Handscomb, plus half-centuries by Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.
Marcus Stoinis chipped in with a rapid 47 to give the innings some much-needed momentum before the Aussie pacemen got to work.
Shikhar Dhawan (0), Virat Kohli (3) and Ambati Rayudu (0) were all back in the pavilion inside four overs, with the tourists reeling at 4-3.
MS Dhoni steadied the ship with a well-made 51 as Rohit kept on going at the top of the order.
However, India were always behind the run-rate and, with Jhye Richardson taking 4-26 from 10 overs, Kohli's men ended up on 254-9 when their overs were up.
The sides will do it all again in Adelaide on Tuesday before the series ends in Melbourne on January 18.
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