"I think the way they rebuilt, Rohit and MS Dhoni, we knew they will take it deep and we managed to pick up the wickets at the right time".
"These things happen and you can not always be right".
Rahul was likely to serve as a reserve batsman throughout the three-match series but Pandya, a game-breaking allrounder, would have been one of the first players picked in India's XI. Usman Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in nearly two years while Peter Handscomb, playing his first ODI in 15 months, top-scored with 73.More news: Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die
Behrendorff trapped Shikhar Dhawan lbw for a golden duck then Richardson, who finished with figures of 4-26, removed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the space of three balls to make the target look an imposing one.
In a season where there hasn't been much cheer for the Australia team, the sight of two inexperienced pacemen, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, making sizeable inroads into India's top order at the SCG will have been welcome. Peter Siddle dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (3) to join the party.
"I was actually disappointed when the ball came out, probably bowled a bit too straight but I had a fielder there who hung on to it so it is a wicket I will remember for a very long time", Richardson said of Kohli's scalp.
Rohit and Dhoni stitched a 137-run stand for the fourth-wicket. We spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point.More news: L.A. Coliseum could potentially host AFC/NFC conference championship games
Desperate to shore up a World Cup defence that looked in bad shape after three wins from Australia's past 21 completed ODIs, the selectors made six changes.
"It's always tricky", Sharma said.
There was a spring back in Australia's step as they shifted focus to the second match of the series in Adelaide on Tuesday. Rohit said he hopes for an improved show in the subsequent matches. We didn't absorb the pressure in Sydney.More news: Senior Huawei Canada executive leaves firm