Had it not been for experienced MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, Indian team could have found itself losing the 1stOI of the series but the experienced batsmen showed the utmost maturity out in the middle, leading India to their first win in the ongoing limited-overs series.
Both the batsmen supported each other well in the chase but it as Jadhav who was highest run-scorer (81* off 87), that also saw him being adjudged man of the match.
He praised MS Dhoni after the win and shared the talk that they had in the middle during the chase.
“My bowling is all about reading batsmen’s mind. I tried to bowl stump-to-stump. I don’t think like I’m a bowler. I enjoy my responsibility. Recently in Australia, we pulled off similar kind of chase. I just did that again today. I tried to learn a lot from him (MS). MS and Cheeku are the best chasers in the game. That’s what we learn from the captain and that’s what we tried to do,” he said.
“I would have tried to play more shots early. That’s waht he does, he tells you exactly. He reads your mind; plenty of times when you feel this ball can be hit for boundaries, he’ll tell you ‘the team needs more solidity and you have to bat till the end’. Every time you think of the team, most of the times, you’ll end up on the winning side,” Jadhav added.
India did not have a good start in the chase as the home side lost the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan right on the first delivery that he faced. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma pulled India out of a tough situation by sharing 76 runs for the second wicket.
Kohli was trapped in front of the stumps by Adam Zampa in the 17th over.
Rohit also departed soon and was followed by number four batsman Ambati Rayudu, who could just manage 13 off 19.
MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav then shared a match-winning partnership for the fifth wicket by putting up 141 runs.
The asking rate was a problem for the batsmen during their stay on the crease by they never allowed it to go to an unreachable point.
This saw India chase down the target in the 49th over of the game.
Both the experienced batsmen did the job to perfection and did not panic.
They ran between the wickets more and did not lose hope even on occasions when runs weren’t coming easily.
Once the match was in India’s reach, Jadhav did hit boundaries to relish the occasion.
With this win, India have gained a 1-0 lead. The second ODI of the series will be played at Vidarbha Cricket Associaton Stadium in Nagpur.