So that is all here from Hyderabad then! The Indians have started the series on a positive note and what is more important is that their middle order seems to be giving answers to the questions that were being raised. The away side has a lot that they would like to improve on, mainly on the batting front. The Aussies are struggling with their 50-over form and would like to set it straight in the very next game. That one will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. It will begin at 1330 local (0800 GMT) on 5th March, Tuesday. See you for the coverage of that game. Till then, take care and cheers!
Man of the Match, Kedar Jadhav smiles and says that his bowling is all about angles and reading batsmen's mind as he looks to bowl stump-to-stump. Admits that he doesn't feel like a bowler and just enjoys rolling his arm. Reminds that recently in Australia, he was involved in a similar kind of a chase. Thanks MS Dhoni for continuously guiding him and adds that he is learning from Dhoni and Kohli as they are the best finishers. On the question that had Dhoni not been there how he would have batted - Jadhav smiles and answers that he might have tried to play more shots earlier but MSD can read your mind and reminds you about the game situation. Signs off by saying that every time you think about the team, more often than not you will end up on the winning side.
Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper says that the game was a difficult one and that they did well with the ball. Praises the partnership between Dhoni and Kedar that took them over the line. Reckons that bowling won them the game and knew that a partnership or two will take them over the line. Informs us that he was happy actually that his middle order was under pressure and how he discussed with the coach about how this will be shadow practice for the games to come. Reserves special mention for Kuldeep Yadav who he says is always ready to put his hand up and try and do stuff for the team. Does not forget Mohammed Shami who he feels did really well to lose weight and bowls with a lot of heart. Is happy with the way the pacer has come back into the white-ball setup and believes that the bowling unit is shaping up really nicely with Bumrah, Kuldeep also in the run-up to the World Cup.
Australia's skipper, Aaron Finch admits that they were 20-30 runs short on that wicket. Feels that had they batted well towards the end, they would have got that score. Praises his bowlers for putting in a good effort. Adds that everyone is trying and they just need to give attention to details a bit more. On not opting for the sixth bowling option, Finch mentions that the quicks looked more effective and that's why he stuck with them.
Mohammed Shami begins by saying that it's been a long journey and everyone has worked hard. Adds that they have been performing superbly in the last 3-4 years and hopes to keep going. States that it's been up and down in his life and thanks God for everything. He always tries his best for the team, adds Shami. Mentions that he has been working on his line and length and it's giving him results. Also talks about his fitness and says that he was 93 kgs when he returned from the injury break and has worked really hard to reduce his weight.
As for the Aussie bowling, they cannot be blamed. They gave their all and tried their best. The pick of the bowlers were 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. The presentation to follow, but first an interview with Mohammed Shami who is down near the ropes.
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.
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.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! MSD finishes it off in style! Stoinis angles in a length ball on middle, Dhoni heaves it off the inner half of his bat and it goes flying over mid-wicket for the winning runs. INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Customary handshakes going on at the moment. A satisfying victory for the Men in Blue.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Not a six but a four nonetheless to level the scores! Short of a length delivery outside off, Dhoni camps back and slaps it past the point fielder for a boundary. Calm and composed.
END OF OVER: 48 | 11 Runs 0 Wkt | IND: 232/4
Marcus Stoinis to bowl the 49th. Dhoni on strike, will he finish it with a maximum?
N Coulter-Nile to K Jadhav, SIX! High and handsome! Jadhav, you little gem! It's too full and in the line of the stumps, Kedar clears his front leg and hoists it over wide long on for a biggie. Just 5 more needed.
N Coulter-Nile to K Jadhav, Full toss on middle, it's eased towards wide mid on where Stoinis misfields and allows the second run. Wheels are coming off...
N Coulter-Nile to MS Dhoni, Short and on off, Dhoni pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run. 13 needed off 14 balls.
N Coulter-Nile to MS Dhoni, Too full in length on off, pushed down to mid off.
N Coulter-Nile to K Jadhav, The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
N Coulter-Nile to MS Dhoni, FIFTY FOR DHONI! The crowd erupts! The Indian players in the dressing room are clapping. What a player! What a finisher for India! Full in length outside off, Dhoni drives it down through mid off for a run. This is his 71st ODI fifty. India were in a spot of bother when he came out to bat but held one end and has put the home team in a commanding position along with Kedar Jadhav. Legend.
END OF OVER: 47 | 5 Runs 0 Wkt | IND: 221/4
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back. Was good with the new ball, 8-2-35-2 so far...
Pat Cummins to K Jadhav, A dot ball to end the over and Cummins' spell. Length outside off, patted towards point. Pat ends with decent figures of 10-0-46-0. Identical figures like Behrendorff and just like him, has been a little unlucky today not to pick a wicket. Anyway, the equation is 16 runs off 18 balls.
Pat Cummins to K Jadhav, Wide! Pat Cummins goes for the bouncer but loses his radar and bowls it down the leg side for which he is penalized.
Pat Cummins to MS Dhoni, Short of a length delivery, another shuffle from Dhoni as he pulls this away all along the ground towards deep square leg for a single.
Pat Cummins to K Jadhav, Outside off on a length, Kedar dabs it away towards the leg side. Picks up an easy run.
Pat Cummins to MS Dhoni, On the pads, Dhoni shuffles and flicks it away to deep backward square leg for a run. Moves onto 48.