Hyderabad: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav starred for India as they took the men in blue over the finishing line in a tense chase in the first ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Saturday.
Chasing 237 to win, India were placed precariously at 100/4 at one stage but Jadhav played a brilliant unbeaten 81 off 87 balls, while Dhoni supported him to perfection by remaining 59 not out of 72 deliveries as India defeated Australia by six wickets.
With this win, India goes 1-0 up in the in the first of the five-match ODI series.
Earlier, the Indian bowlers controlled the proceedings to restrict Australia to a sub-par score of 236/7.
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) showing the way.
Kuldeep Yadav (2-46), Ravindra Jadeja (33 in 10 overs) and Kedar 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.
Despite not getting wickets, Jadeja bowled two miserly spells-5-0-15-0 and 5-0-18-0. To top it, he was hit for only two boundaries and bowled 34 dot balls.