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Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni struck an unbeaten 81 and 59 not out respectively as India defeated Australia by six wickets in the first ODI in Hyderabad.
Opting to bat first, Australia got off to a dismal start as captain Aaron Finch was caught behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for a duck on the ninth ball of the match.
Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis made up for the loss of Finch with an 87-run partnership before Stoinis was caught by India skipper Virat Kohli at short midwicket off the bowling of Jadhav for 37.
Khawaja went on to score 50, which came off 76 balls and included five boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav.
Once Khawaja was gone, Australia began to lose wickets at regular intervals as Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Glenn Maxwell were removed for 19, 21 and 40 respectively.
Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile came to the rescue with a 62-run stand before Coulter-Nile was caught by Kohli at long-on off the bowling of Bumrah for 28.
With Carey going on to score an unbeaten 36, Australia finished on 236/7.
Bumrah, Kuldeep and Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets apiece, while Jadhav chipped in with one.
Chasing 237 to win, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan on the seventh ball as he was caught by Maxwell at point off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for a golden duck.
Rohit Sharma and Kohli steadied things with a 76-run stand before Kohli was trapped lbw off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 44.
Rohit went on to score 37 before he was caught by Finch at mid-off off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.
Ambati Rayudu was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after as he was caught behind off the bowling of Zampa for 13.
However, that was to be Australia’s last taste of success for the rest of the match as Jadhav and MS Dhoni finished things off with an unbeaten 141-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.
Jadhav ended up making 81, which came off 87 balls and included nine boundaries and a six, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 59, which came off 72 deliveries and included six boundaries and a six.
Coulter-Nile and Zampa claimed two wickets each.
Jadhav was named Man of the Match.