The first match of the ODI series between India and Australia is today by winning the first match of the five-match ODI series against India by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, along with the Indian team 1-0 in the five-match series has taken the lead. The team Aus made a target of 237 runs for the hosts in the 50 overs, which was completed by Team India on remaining 10 balls, breathless batting by Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav on the brilliant batting.
This has been a partnership for the ages! India take an early lead in the ODI series. At 99/4 it did not look like the Indians were going to have it easy. But how wrong have we been proved? The duo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav has built an unbeaten partnership of 141 runs and taken their team across the line. The Australians did more than well with the ball but it just was not enough in the end. Both the batsmen got to their fifties, Jadhav playing the aggressor's role. Dhoni took the backseat as he helped his partner motor along on his own route.
The innings though began poorly for the hosts as they lost Shikhar Dhawan for a first-ball duck. Then came a solid partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli which set the Men in Blue on their way. The skipper looked really good while he was out there while the Indian vice-captain did not look his original self. A 76-run stand was then broken and then came a flurry of wickets. India collapsed to 99/4 from 80/1 and it looked like the middle muddle was being seen all over again but it was not to be.
As for the Aussie bowling, they cannot be blamed. They gave their all and tried their best. The pick of the bowlers was Coulter-Nile and Zampa who picked a couple of wickets each. The rest bowled economically but in the end, the target was just too low to be defended on a surface that played two-paced. Earlier on in the afternoon, the Aussie skipper won the toss and elected to bat but his team could manage just 236 off the back of a fifty from Usman Khawaja and a few small but good knocks from Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The feeling at the mid-way stage was that the total was about 25-30 short and in the end, that was what it proved to be. A good way for the home team to begin the series though but the Kangaroos will have to come back harder the next game, looking at their batting as well.