An unbeaten 141-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav for the fifth wicket guided India to the first ODI win against Australia by six wickets at Hyderabad on Saturday (March 2). 

Chasing 237, India started very badly as the opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck at the beginning of the second over by giving a simple catch to Glenn Maxwell at the point region. His dismissal brought the India captain Virat Kohli at the crease.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma then put up a 76-run partnership together. They shared eleven boundaries between them before Adam Zampa trapped him in front of the wicket for 44. Soon Rohit Sharma too joined him by giving a simple catch to Aaron Finch. Ambati Rayudu too couldn’t do well and departed soon.

However, their dismissals left India struggling in between. All the pressures fell upon MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. With 138 still to win, both of them started building another partnership.

Both of them rotated strike whenever needed and didn’t go for any risky shots. Their plan worked well as they brought up a 50-run stand. After settling down in the middle, both of them were looking for big shots so that the run-rate stayed in control.

Meanwhile, Jadhav brought up his 5th ODI half-century and continued to hit boundaries with ease. Dhoni too brought up his 71st ODI half-century in the 48th over. Jadhav ended the over with a six and remained unbeaten an 81 and Dhoni finished the chase in the first two balls of the 49th over with two boundaries and remained unbeaten at 59.

Earlier, Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss. Australia got a big blow when their captain Aaron Finch went for a duck by Bumrah in the second over. However, Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis steadied the ship with an 87-run partnership. Khawaja top-scored with 50 off 76.

Kedar Jadhav, however, was able to break the partnership by picking up Stoinis for 37. Kuldeep then came in action. At first, he dismissed Khawaja soon after his sixth ODI fifty and then he picked up Peter Handscomb for 19 to put Australia in pressure.

Maxwell gave some threat to India but Virat Kohli’s plan to bring Shami back in the 36th over, paid off as Shami dismissed him for 40. Soon, Shami picked up Ashton Turner. However, a late 62-run partnership from Coulter-Nile (28) and Alex Carey (36*) took Australia to 236 by the end of the 50 overs.

Shami finished with impressive figures of 2-44 while Kuldeep Yadav (2-46) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-60) too picked up two wickets.

Both the teams will play their second One Day Internationals at Nagpur on Tuesday, March 5.

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