India vs Australia first ODI: Jadhav, Dhoni led India to 6-wicket win over Australia
MS Dhoni produced yet another match-winning performance on Saturday as he led India to a 6-wicket win over Australia in the first one-day international in Hyderabad. Dhoni was ably supported by Kedar Jadhav in the run chase of 237 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.
India rode on Dhoni's unbeaten 59 and Jadhav's 81 not out to reach the target of 237 in 48.2 overs after they restricted the Aussies to 236 for 7 in the first innings.
Dhoni and Jadhav stitched a 141-run partnership for the fifth-wicket off 149 balls to anchor the run-chase which had turned a bit tricky for the hosts after they lost the wickets of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession early on.
Rohit and Kohli gave India a solid start with their 76-run partnership after Nathan Coulter-Nile removed Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck in the second over. Kohli made 44 while Rohit scored 37.
But their departure and Rayudu's failure to play a big inning shifted the pressure back on India when Jadhav joined Dhoni in the middle with the score reading 99 for 4.
But Dhoni's calming influence combined with Jadhav's attacking play worked out perfectly for the hosts as they cruised to the target in the end.