Steve Smith and George Bailey during the Victoria Bitter One Day International Series match between Australia and India. Photo: Paul Kane
The Indians have arrived and they made their presence felt the moment captain MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat under overcast skies.
The runs flowed easily and quickly for the Indian top order, led by a masterful innings of 171 not out off 205 from Rohit Sharma. The elegant batsmen and exquisite timer of the ball worked the ball all over the ground as the raced to his 9th one day century, his fourth against Australia and in doing so recorded the highest ODI score against Australia.
Sharma partnered with Virat Kohli for a record partnership of 207 with Kohli also producing a beautiful, unselfish innings..
At the fall of Kholi's wicket out strode MS Dhoni and there is no doubt he had a point to prove. Macquarie Radio's Mickey Arthur feels Dhoni comes in to this series under pressure. "He is an old bull, Kholi is a young whipper snapper, keen to take over captaincy in all forms."
In the end Dhoni added only 18 runs as India posted the massive total of 309, setting the Australians a huge chase.
Macquarie Radio commentator, John Emburey was frustrated by Australia's inexperienced, one paced attack. He said "It was pretty alarming for Australia not being able to stop the singles, the only balls through to the keeper were bouncers they couldn't get a bat on. Kohli was able to make his own space"
Australian captain Steve Smith (149) resumed regular service posting another home century against India and inflicting a familiar defeat.
Ably assisted by leadership understudy and fellow centurion George Bailey (112), Smith's team were impressive in their 310-run chase. While Bailey might have been adjudged caught behind early had the DRS been in use, once he and Smith settled on a placid WACA pitch the target always appeared within reach.