India vs Australia 1st ODI: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav knitted a match-winning stand of 141 runs for the fifth wicket to provide India a clinical win in the first ODI against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. At 99/4, things didn’t look rosy for the hosts after they lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession. But a cool and composed batting performance by Jadhav (unbeaten 81) and Dhoni (59*) helped India to cross the finishing line with 6 wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 1st ODI)
With this victory, Kohli and Co. have put aside the disappointment of T20I series which the hosts lost 0-2. The men in blue have also taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series versus Aaron Finch-led Australia. Rohit and Kohli gave India a solid start with their 76-run partnership after Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile removed opener Dhawan for a golden duck in the second over. Kohli made a fluent 44 while Rohit contributed with a scratchy 37. (SCORECARD)
Earlier, Indian bowlers controlled the proceedings like seasoned puppeteers pulling strings at will to restrict the tourists to a sub-par 236/7 on Saturday. Finch won the toss and elected to bat first on a dual-paced pitch. It was a vastly different performance from the bowling unit which maintained discipline for the better part of the 50 overs with Mohammed Shami (2/44 in 10 overs) showing the way
Kuldeep Yadav (2/46 in 10 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (0/33 in 10 overs) and Jadhav (1/31) made up for a rare off-day by Jasprit Bumrah (2/60), that too, by his standards. Even Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn Maxwell (40) — the top two contributors for Australia — weren’t exactly comfortable against an Indian attack that bowled as many as 169 dot balls.
This effectively meant Australia couldn’t score 28.1 overs out of the 50 overs during Indian innings. What the statistics won’t reveal is the contribution of Kedar as the sixth bowler and Jadeja, who stifled the Aussies during the second Powerplay.
This was after Shami bowled a brilliant wicketless first spell which was seen off by Marcus Stoinis (37, 53 balls) and Khawaja (50, 76 balls), who added 87 runs for the second wicket after early dismissal of Aaron Finch.
It was Khawaja, who was first to break the shackles with a cover drive off Bumrah and a six off Kuldeep, introduced in the last over of the first Powerplay.
With only 38 runs coming in the first Powerplay, the duo especially Stoinis decided to up the ante against Indian bowling’s weakest link Vijay Shankar (0/22 in 3 overs), hitting him for a flurry of boundaries.
In the next five overs, Australia scored 33 and looked like regaining ground when Jadhav (1/31 from 7 overs) got a lucky breakthrough with a rank half-tracker. Stoinis mistimed the pull shot to Virat Kohli at mid-wicket.