Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni finish off in style; major takeaways from first ODI between India and Australia
Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a chase deep for the umpteenth time but it needed Kedar Jadhav's street smartness to get India back on winning track as they beat Australia by six wickets in the first ODI.
India beat Australia by six wickets
India defeated Australia by six wickets in the first One-Day International of a five-match series at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and take a 1-0 lead.
Brand new jersey
"Men in Blue" played the game donning their brand new jersey. On March 1, team India launched the kit for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.
It was launched in the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Harmanpreet Kaur, Ajinkya Rahane, Jemimah Rodrigues and Prithvi Shaw.
The kit makers have added special features to the kit as they have emblazoned dates of India's past World Cup triumphs - which are the ODI World Cups in 1983 and 2011, and the T20 World Cup win in 2007 - behind the back of collar.
Pace spearhead Shami
Pace spearhead Mohammed Shami made it count with figures of 2-44 to restrict Australia to 236 for seven.
Shami dismissed Stoinis (37, 53 balls) and Khawaja (50, 76 balls), who added 87 runs for the second wicket.
Spinner Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets to restrict Australia to a modest total.
He took Usman Khawaja's wicket, who was piling up runs with Marcus Stoinis for the second wicket.
The way Jasprit Bumrah has been consistently bowling, it is pretty sure that he is definitely in India's World Cup plans.
In his 10-over spell, he gave away 60 runs and took two wickets, which included Aaron Finch's dismissal.
Finch faced just three deliveries of the second over when paceman Jasprit Bumrah got the opener caught behind by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Rohit Sharma accelerated the chase
India's star opener Rohit Sharma accelerated India's chase.
After Shikhar Dhawan's early dismissal, Rohit, who made 37, and Kohli set up the chase during their partnership of 76.
It was Dhoni's 71st ODI half-century that brought the packed house on its feet to applaud another match-winning knock from the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.
Fittingly, Dhoni finished the game with successive boundaries off Marcus Stoinis.
Star performer Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav, top-scoring with 81, and Dhoni, batting on 59, put on an unbeaten 141-run stand as the hosts achieved their target of 237 in 48.2 overs.
Jadhav completed his fifty in 67 deliveries. For his brilliant performance, he was given Man of the Match award.
The second ODI is scheduled for Nagpur on Tuesday.