1st ODI Sydney: Former India captain MS Dhoni breached the 10,000-run mark in ODIs at SCG. Dhoni joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid in the 10000-Run Club as he became the fifth Indian to do so. Dhoni became the sixth fastest to the feat and it is a big test for Dhoni as India are looking down the barrel against Australia chasing 289. Dhoni was sidelined from the T20I series, which wiped out in a rain by 1-1. His replacement Rishabh Pant gave the expected results and had a fairy-tale Test series. So, this series is crucial for Dhoni as he would like to make a strong case for himself for the upcoming World Cup.
Here is how Twitter hailed Dhoni for the landmark:
Earlier in the day, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first but did not get off to a great start as they lost their openers within the powerplay overs. Marsh, Khawaja, Handscomb hit half-centuries to resurrect the hosts to a decent stage. Australia ended with 288/5.
At the time of filing the copy, Dhoni was in the middle on 6* off 29 balls and Rohit was on 12* off 33 balls. Ambati Rayudu, who walked in at the fall of Kohli did not last long as he departed for a duck. India would hope the two can combine well and get India close to the win. India are 26/3 in 12 overs and are in deep trouble.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch (C), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff