The first game of the one-day series saw India produce a hard fought win over Australia in Hyderabad on Saturday. Hosts lost the two-match T20I series to Australia and needed to get off to good start in the five-match one-day series.
Chasing 237 runs to win, India lost the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the second over of the innings. Captain Virat Kohli came to the crease to join Rohit Sharma. The duo added 76 runs to rebuild the innings. Kohli looked fluent at the crease and scored 44 off 45 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa got rid of Kohli to see India reduced to 80 for 2 after 17 overs.
Rohit Sharma struggled to get going in his innings on a pitch that had variable bounce. He scored 37 off 66 balls with the help of five fours. Pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Sharma to put Australia on top in the game. Adam Zampa picked up his second wicket as he had Ambati Rayudu caught behind to leave India in a spot of bother.
MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav came together and took their time at the crease. Dhoni kept the scoreboard ticking by picking by singles in the middle phase of the innings. Jadhav also looked pro-active at the crease. Jadhav has really improved his game with the bat and smashed unbeaten 81 off 87 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. Dhoni also notched up his third successive half-century against Australia and remained unbeaten till the end. He scored 59 off 72 balls with the help of six fours. With this result, India have taken 1-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.
For Australia, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa picked up two wickets apiece. Overall, the visitors will be pleased with their bowling performance in this game.
India produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Australia in the 1st ODI played in Hyderabad
Earlier in the day, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper Aaron Finch playing his 100th one-day game for Australia was dismissed by Jaspreet Bumrah in the second over of the innings. The visitors will be worried about the continuous poor form shown by Finch across the shorter formats of the game.
Marcus Stoinis came to the crease and started off the cautiously against the Indian pace bowlers. He added 80 runs with Usman Khuwaja to rebuild the innings after the loss of an early wicket. Stoinis worked hard for his runs and scored 37 off 53 balls with the help of six fours. He gave his wicket away after a half-tracker produced by part-time spinner Kedhar Jadhav.
Khuwaja played well after being promoted to open the innings for this game. He scored 50 off 76 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Left-hander could not add any runs as he was dismissed by spinner Kuldeep Yadav while trying to go for a big shot.
Peter Handscomb got off to decent start and threw it away as he was stumped to give Yadav his second wicket of the innings. Glenn Maxwell once again showed good form in this game and scored 40 off 51 balls with the help of five fours. He was well supported by Ashton Turner, who scored 21 of 23 balls with the help of one four and one six.
Wicket-keeper Alex Carey also produced crucial runs and scored unbeaten 36 runs off 37 balls. Tail-ender Nathan Coulter-Nile also chipped with crucial cameo to help Australia post 236 for 7 in their 50 overs.