Smith, Bailey power Australia to five-wicket win over India

Perth: Skipper Steve Smith (149) and George Bailey (112) powered a difficult 310-run chase, nullifying Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 171, to help Australia register a commendable five-wicket victory over India in the first of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series here on Tuesday.

Set a stiff target of 310 runs, Australia chased it down in 49.2 overs at the WACA Ground. India's cause was helped by opener Rohit Sharma who struck 163-ball 171 alongside Virat Kohli's 91 to take the team to 309/3 in 50 overs after opting to bat.

But some exceptional batting later on by skipper Steve Smith (149 off 135) and George Bailey (112 off 120) helped the hosts to post a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. IANS