India defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the first One -Day International played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. It was a must-win game for India as earlier they had already lost the T20 series by 2-0. Kedar Jadhav who was the man of the match gave an all-round performance with both bat and ball. He smashed 81 runs off 89 balls and bowled 7 overs in which he gave 31 runs and picked up a wicket. MS Dhoni played a really calm inning of 59 off 72 balls and was playing a supporting role with Jadhav. This was a perfect reply from Dhoni to those who censured him for his poor performance in the T20s. It was claimed that he was the reason for India’s loss in the 1st T20.
As It Happened
After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first. It was a disappointing start from Aaron Finch, the Australian captain. He went for a duck. He nicked a ball to Dhoni bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Finch has been in the poor form from the last few matches and also he didn’t score runs in the T20 series against India. Usman Khwaja and Marcus Stoinis shared an 87 run stand for the 2nd wicket. Then Stoinis got out through a fine catch by Virat Kohli at midwicket. This was the solitary wicket for Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav has been quite well with the ball for India in the recent ODIs. He has been able to pick up wickets at a crucial time for India. Khwaja played a good inning of 50 off 76 balls but he was dismissed on 50 by Kuldeep Yadav.
Mohammed Shami who was brilliant in his first spell didn’t disappoint in his second spell too. He got a couple of wickets in his second spell that was of Ashton Turner and Glenn Maxwell. The debutant, Turner made a busy 21 and had chopped on to his stumps an off cutter. Maxwell was beaten by a fullish delivery which crashed into the stumps. He made a good score of 40. Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile built a partnership of 62 runs which helped Australia to reach 236. Coulter-Nile was caught by Kohli on 28 while Carey remained unbeaten on 36. Shami, Bumrah, and Kuldeep picked up 2 wickets each. Ravindra Jadeja went wicketless but was economical in his 10 overs as he gave just 33 runs.
Jadhav steals the victory for India
India didn’t have a convincing start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck. The captain, Virat Kohli along with the vice-captain, Rohit Sharma rebuilt the innings. They had put up a 76 run stand for the second wicket. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Coulter-Nile on 37 by a leading edge and a simple catch for Finch at mid-off. Then India lost Kohli as well as Rayudu in a span of 6 overs. Kohli was lbw on 44 off 45 balls by Adam Zampa. Ambati Rayudu was caught behind on 13 by a superb delivery from Zampa.
Then Dhoni and Jadhav played exceptionally and got India home. They both had put up a massive 141 run stand for the fifth wicket. Jadhav took the attack to the Australian bowlers while Dhoni was just playing sensibly and rotating the strike. It was a slow inning from Dhoni which we usually don’t see from him but this was necessary for this match. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 59 off 72 balls whereas Jadhav too remained not out on 81 off 87 deliveries. India has now taken a 1-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series.