'Absolute shocker': Controversy erupts as Aussies stun India

India have been left fuming over MS Dhoni’s dismissal in their 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI.

After India slumped to 3-4 chasing Australia’s total of 288 at the SCG, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma set about rescuing the innings.

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Dhoni and Sharma combined for a 137-run partnership and were edging India towards an improbable comeback.

But it came to an abrupt halt when Dhoni was trapped lbw by Jason Behrendorff on 51.

Dhoni was unable to use DRS after Ambati Rayudu earlier burned their only review, and fans were left fuming when replays showing the ball had pitched outside leg stump.

“That’s an absolute shocker,” Shane Warne said in commentary.

The ball pitched outside leg stump. Image: Fox Sports

Dhoni was a key figure in India’s reluctance to adopt the DRS, having harboured doubts about the accuracy of the technology involved.

On this occasion, there was no doubting the ball-tracker could have reprieved the batsman.

Dhoni, playing his 333rd ODI, became just the fifth Indian to break through the 10,000-run barrier in the format.

Jason Behrendorff celebrates after taking the wicket of MS Dhoni. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

He joined Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli in achieving the milestone.

But it was his dismissal that fans were talking about.

Earlier, Jhye Richaredson (4-26) snared the key scalp of Virat Kohli as the Aussies rocked India with the new ball.

Shikhar Dhawan (0), Kohli (3) and Rayudu (0) were all dismissed before the tourists had their fifth run.

Sharma made a brilliant 133 of 129 balls, but it was in vain as Australia took a 1-0 lead.

Khawaja, Marsh, Handscomb hit 50s

Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb all passed 50 as Australia made 5-288 batting first.

Desperate to shore up a World Cup defence that looked in awful shape after three wins from Australia’s past 21 completed ODIs, selectors made six changes to the incumbent XI and reshuffled the batting order.

Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in almost two years, fellow recalled batsman Handscomb top-scored with 73 while Marcus Stoinis smacked an unbeaten 47 off 43 balls.

The absence of a collapse was a big tick, especially after Australia slipped to 2-41 when promoted opener Alex Carey joined captain Aaron Finch in the pavilion.

Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb both passed 50. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

But the hosts’ inability to lift the run-rate in the immediate aftermath of Marsh’s dismissal, on 54 in the 38th over, led to plenty of wisecracks in the commentary box about their cautious approach matching the canary-yellow retro kit from 1986.

Australia failed to find or clear the rope once between the start of the 37th over and end of the 43rd over, a stretch that featured just 27 runs.

Stoinis then belted two sixes off Kuldeep Yadav, taking 14 runs from the 44th over, and helped Australia score 18 runs off the final over to reach 288.

with AAP