India won by 5 wkts
India started off the three-match ODI series against Australia with a five-wicket win in the opening game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Australia was bowled out for 188 in 35.4 overs and in response India chased down the target in 39.5 overs to finish on 191 for five. Asked to bat, Australia was well served by a 72 run second wicket stand between Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith. Marsh finished on 81 off 65 balls with 10 boundaries and five sixes. Then Marsh added a further 52 runs for the third wicket with Marnus Labuschagne. But then there was a collapse as Australia slipped from 77 for one to 188 all out. They lost nine wickets for 111 runs. Towards the end none of the other batters contributed to the team's total. Australia were bowled out in 35.4 overs. For India the chief wicket-takers were Mohammed Shami (3-17) and Mohammed Siraj (3-29). The other main wicket-taker was Ravindra Jadeja (2-46). In their chase India lost their top-order cheaply. At one stage India was struggling at 16 for three. Then Shubman Gill and KL Rahul tried to revive the chase. Then after Gill fell, India had to depend on their stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya to shepherd the innings. Pandya along with Rahul added 44 runs for the fifth wicket. Then Rahul carried on in his innings as he teamed up with Jadeja. Together this sixth wicket pair added 108 runs and helped India cross the finishing line in 39.5 overs. For Australia the best bowler was Mitchell Starc (3-49). The second match of the three-match ODI series will be played on Sunday at Vizag.
Australia: 188 (35.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Travis Head-1.6 ov), 2-77 (Steven Smith-12.3 ov), 3-129 (Mitchell Marsh-19.4 ov), 4-139 (Marnus Labuschagne-22.4 ov), 5-169 (Josh Inglis-27.5 ov), 6-174 (Cameron Green-29.3 ov), 7-184 (Marcus Stoinis-31.3 ov), 8-184 (Glenn Maxwell-32.2 ov), 9-188 (Sean Abbott-33.4 ov), 10-188 (Adam Zampa-35.4 ov)
India: 191-5 (39.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Ishan Kishan-1.6 ov), 2-16 (Virat Kohli-4.5 ov), 3-16 (Suryakumar Yadav-4.6 ov), 4-39 (Shubman Gill-10.2 ov), 5-83 (Hardik Pandya-19.2 ov)
Ravindra Jadeja | Player of the Match: I’m playing ODI cricket after 8 months so I was just looking to adapt to the format as soon as possible. Luckily with the ball, I got a few wickets. When I went to bat, I was looking to build a partnership with KL. I knew that the total was small but still we had to chase it down. We've been playing Test cricket. Line and length is different to Test cricket. You have to alter you lengths and pace. I was looking to bowl in good areas and I was also getting a bit of turn. I was looking to build a partnership today of about 70-80 runs, and that's what happened. It was not easy to play the big shots because the ball was swinging.
Hardik Pandya | India captain: We were under pressure both the times . We kept our composure and found ways to come out of those situations. Once we got the momentum towards us, we were quite on top of the game. I am really proud of the way we caught today. The number of chances we created ... they had to be taken. Outstanding catches by Jaddu and Shubman as well. Talking about Jaddu, he did what he's capable of. Coming after a break in ODI cricket, the way he finished as well, we needed a partnership with KL and he did the job for us. That was fantastic. It was hot, I was enjoying my bowling. I was enjoying my batting as well. The way KL and Jaddu finished it off and the way they batted, it gave us the confidence. It was very relaxing watching them bat. Overall, a very good victory and very proud of them.
Steve Smith | Australia captain: We weren't expecting this at the Wankhede, usually pretty good scores. India bowled really well. We probably left a few out there. If we had got over 250, it would have been interesting the way the ball was swinging and seaming. KL and Jaddu's partnership was really good when they were under pressure. We started pretty well. Mitch played really nicely and took the game on early and got a few away and kept going. We lost too many wickets through the middle. We weren't able to get a partnership and get to a reasonable total. We were always one partnership away from them beating us. Jadeja and Rahul showed how to do it. Maybe 260-270 (was a par score). I don't think it was a great wicket, it was offering a fair bit for the seamers at times. The ball swung pretty much for 30-odd overs for both teams. We just needed to score more runs. Credit to India.
KL Rahul: Saw three wickets fall down early, Starc was swinging the ball well and when he brings the ball back in, he is a dangerous bowler. Just tried to play normal cricketing shots. Got a few boundaries away and that settled my nerves. I batted with Shubman, Hardik, and Jadeja. The talk was that there’s help on the wicket but we did not want to get into our shell and play out a certain bowler. We wanted to be positive and put the loose balls away. If we are good with out footwork, we could do well and it was fun batting with Jadeja. The minute the left-hander walked in, I got a few loose ball. That happens to the best of bowlers. The left-hander walking in and that worked for us. Jaddu batted beautifully and he runs hard between the wickets. He is in great form and he knows what to do in those situations. When we started off, I didn’t think the pitch will help the bowlers that much. Once Shami came back for his second spell, he did wonders. Any team that wants to win needs to pick wickets in the middle overs. When there’s bounce, I like keeping wickets. It is a bit of a challenge when it is slow and low, it is challenging physically. The ball was moving around and I enjoy playing here at the Wankhede.