Bouncing back from the defeat in the T20I series, Virat Kohli & Co. beat Australia by six wickets in the first ODI to take the lead in the five-match series.
India began their pursuit of 237 on a poor note. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan departed for a first ball duck. But Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then steadied the ship, taking the score past the fifty run-mark. However, just when it looked the duo is well set and would bat India to a position of strength, Australia struck back by dismissing both of them in quick succession.
Adam Zampa broke the 76-run stand between Rohit and Kohli by sending back the latter for 44. Coulter-Nile then accounted for Rohit to reduce India to 95 for 3 before Zampa struck again to remove Ambati Rayudu and leave India reeling at 99 for 4.
But before Australia could make further inroads in the game, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav struck fifties, sharing an unbeaten partnership of 141 to take India home.
Cometh the hour, cometh MSD
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Earlier in the game, Australia posted 236 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs. After losing Aaron Finch for a duck, Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja shared 87 runs for the second wicket to steady the innings. However, India struck back by dismissing both the batsmen in quick succession to reduce Australia to 97 for 3. The likes of Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Glenn Maxwell got the starts but failed to capitalise as Australia found themselves reeling at 173 for 6.
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Alex Carey (36*) and Coulter-Nile (28) then played some handy knocks to guide Australia to a challenging total. For India, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets each while Kedar Jadhav accounted for one.
Speaking at the end of the game, Virat Kohli said:
“It was a difficult sort of a game. We did a good job with the ball. You have experience with MS and flair with Kedar. I think Kedar and MS took responsibility, it was great. Ten overs for less than 35 is a great job on this pitch. He set his fields on his game. He was all geared up that ‘I want to finish the game.’ Kuldeep’s been doing it for a while. I have never seen him (Shami) so lean. Got Maxi out with a beautiful ball. Heading into the WC, it’s a great sign for India.”