Smith and Bailey establish the best partnership in ODI series: A total of 3,149 runs have been scored in the five ODIs by both the teams put together.
Though there have been partnerships stitched for different wickets in these games, the best partnership in the series have been for the third wicket between the Australian skipper, Steven Smith and George Bailey which was established in the first encounter at Perth that realised 242 runs in 37.1 overs, scored at the rate of 6.51 runs an over.
Electing to bat on winning the toss, India, backed by a well made unbeaten 171 runs off 163 deliveries by the opener, Rohit Sharma and a 97-ball 91 run by the Vice Captain, Virat Kohli, put up a huge total of 309 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 50 overs.
Chasing 310 for a victory, Aussies lost both openers, Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) very cheaply. The duo of Smith and Bailey came together at the score of 21 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 4.4 overs and stayed together till the score board read 263 runs in 41.5 overs.
Both the men were in a scoring spree and went on plundering runs at will. Indian skipper, Dhoni tried as many as seven bowlers and none of them proved effective. Rohit Sharma who sent down one over went for as many as 11 runs. All other bowlers went for more than 6 runs an over, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar who averaged less than 5 runs.
In the process, Smith registered fifth ODI century in his 65th game (52nd innings) while Bailey registered his third ODI century in his 64th game (61st innings). Bailey departed after scoring 112 runs off 120 deliveries that contained 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Smith continued the onslaught and added another 45 runs to the team’s total before departing at the team tally of 308 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.1 overs. He played a knock of 149 runs off 135 deliveries that contained 11 fours and 2 sixes in an innings that lasted for 179 minutes.
Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner completed the formalities of scoring the remaining runs and achieved the target of 310 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.2 overs.
Australia won the match by 5 wickets with 4 deliveries to spare and went 1-0 up the series.
Steven Smith, for his wonderful knock was awarded the Player of the Match.