So a competitive start for the series and India came on top with a five-wicket win. The caravan will now move onto Vizag for the second match. Stay tuned with us for matches across the globe. For now, this is AkshayaKrishna signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Arijit Kundu, who, alongside our scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer, brought you all the live actions of this mouth-watering contest. We will meet again. Until then, it's cheers!
Ravindra Jadeja (Player of the Match): "Yeah, I am playing ODI cricket after eight months. I was looking to adapt as long as possible. With the ball also I got a few wickets. I was looking to build a partnership with KL. It was important at that point in time.
Yeah, I think we have been bowling Test cricket. We needed to alter your length and line, You need to mix up the angles and pace. I was bowling in good areas and getting some turns. I was telling myself to hit the good spots.
Yeah, I was looking to build the partnership. If we built a 70-80 runs partnership, it would happen. It wasn't easy to hit the big shots with the ball swinging. Every bowler was able to swing the ball. In between, me and KL were talking to each other that we need to go on and built the partnership."
Player of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja
Hardik Pandya (India Captain): "Yeah, absolutely we were under pressure both while bowling and batting. We found ways to comeback into the game. Once we got the momentum, we did well to finish it off. I am really proud of the team, which created many opportunities and to take them with both hands on the field was grateful to see. You know that catch from Jadeja off Labuschagne was electrifying. See Jaddu (Jadeja) is making a comeback in the ODI set-up after 8 months. We wanted somebody to stick around KL (Rahul) and Jaddu did exactly the same to stay there and finish the job for us. Haha, I was enjoying my own game."
Ferocious Player of the Match: Mitchell Starc
Game Changer of the Match: Mohammed Shami
Trusted Player of the Match: KL Rahul
Steven Smith (Australia Captain): "Yes certainly it was. We weren't expecting this at Wankhede. We were expecting pretty big score. India bowled well this morning. We probably left a few out there. But credit to India - KL and Jaddu's partnership was brilliant when they were 83-5.
Mitch I thought played really well. He started nicely, through the middle we lost more wickets. We couldn't get the partnership. We were one partnership away from getting there which KL and Jaddu showed.
I don't think it was a great wicket. But probably 260-270 could have been a good score. It was swinging in for the first few overs. Starc was brilliant. A partnership was needed from our end. Had we got that we could've got to a good total. No, happy. Thank you."
8:54 PM IST | Time for the post-match presentations...
This is India's first ODI win at Wankhede since October 2011, where the Men in Blue defeated England.
KL Rahul:"Look obviously, we saw three wickets fall down early. When he[Starc] gets the bowl back in, he is a dangerous player. Had to bat 10-20 balls watchfully and take the time. Not search for getting quick runs. Got a few boundaries and settled myself, which helped in keep going.
Whoever I batted with, I batted with Shubman Hardik and Jadeja. There was offer for the batter but we didn't want to get into our shell and keep blocking and defending. We wanted to play our shots on the loose balls. We discussed what could be the shots on this ground. We worked on it and did the job.
The minute the left-hander walked in, I got a few loose balls. He batted brilliantly. He has played a lot of cricket and knows what exactly is to be done. He is someone who runs fast and is great to be working together.
Honestly, when we started off we didn't think that the pitch would help the pacers Yeah, there was spongy bounce. When Shami came in for the second spell he got the wickets. He came in and took three wickets. It is key to pickup wickets in the middle overs. Hopefully, when there is a help they do the job, be it pacers or spinners.
Yeah, it is a bit of a challenge here. But I enjoy playing at the Wankhede. The ball was going along the leg stumps here and there but I enjoy doing my bit in keeping."
Earlier in the afternoon, Hardik Pandya of India won the toss and invited Australia to bat first. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh opened the batting for the visitors but didn’t get off to a good start, with Mohammed Siraj rattling the stumps of Head in just the second over. Then Marsh and Steven Smith added 72 runs for the second wicket, with the former taking the role of an aggressor. Smith (22 off 30) was taken care of by his opponent number just before the first drinks break.
Marsh continued his assault on the bowlers and spanked 10 fours and 5 biggies in his whirlwind innings off 81 from 65 balls. The Delhi Capitals all-rounder added another 52 runs for the third wicket alongside Marnus Labuschagne (15 off 22). The Indian spinners removed both of these batters in a matter of ten runs to put the pressure back on the Steven Smith-led side. While Ravindra Jadeja took the wicket of Marsh, Kuldeep Yadav in tandem with Jadeja ‘the fielder’ sent back the Queenslander. At this stage, the Men in Yellow were 4 down for 139 in the 23rd over.
A small rebuilding partnership of 30 runs for the fifth wicket was formed between Cameron Green (12 off 19) and Josh Inglis (26 off 27). But once Mohammed Shami came back for his second spell, it looked like the match was happening on a different track. He seamed the ball in and out very nicely to decimate the Aussie middle and lower order. Shami’s dream second spell read 3-2-8-3.
Siraj came back and cleaned up the tail to bundle Australia out for just 188 runs in the 36th over. Moreover, Australia had played eight batters in the line-up but couldn’t go past 200. They lost their last 8 wickets for just 59 runs.
For India, Shami and Siraj picked three wickets, while Jadeja scalped a couple of wickets. While Pandya and Kuldeep bagged a wicket each, Shardul Thakur went wicketless.
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Chasing the precarious target of 189 runs to win, India too lost the first wicket in the second over bowled by Marcus Stoinis who had Ishan Kishan (3 off 8) trapped plumb infront. Hosts slipped further in the run chase when Mitchell Starc ran havoc with a fiery new ball spell from the other end. While Virat Kohli (4 off 9) and Suryakumar Yadav (0 off 1) were pinned at the pads by the left-armer, Shubman Gill (20 off 31), who looked very scratchy was out caught at point.
Reeling at 39/4 in the 11th over, dark clouds were looming around Team India. Right when needed KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya joined hands to stitch 44 runs for the fifth wicket. Both batted cautiously to ride out the storm produced by the Australian bowlers. Ever hard-working Stoinis bounced out Pandya (25 off 31) who holed out to deep backward square leg when everything was shining bright for India.
Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul knitted an unbeaten partnership of 108 runs for the sixth wicket, helping the side cross over the victory line. In the process, KL Rahul reached his 13th ODI fifty and was unbeaten on 75 off 91 deliveries, while Jadeja was not out at 45 off 69 deliveries.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc with 9.5-0-49-3 was the successful bowler, while Marcus Stoinis supported him with a couple of wickets.
8:38 PM IST | So, India go 1-0 up in the three-match series with a victory of five wickets in a tricky run-chase! Kannur Lokesh Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja take the team home with a gritty partnership. Jadeja finished it off with a boundary through mid-wicket well within the 40th over!
39.5 M Starc to R Jadeja
4 FOURRRRR!! Jadeja thrashes it past the left of the long-on fielder and finishes the chase. Full and straight at the stumps and Jadeja clears the front leg and whips it through the vacant region between long on and deep mid wicket to fetch the winning runs. It has been an astounding partnership between the duo. They have pulled a tricky chase from a difficult position valiantly.
39.4 M Starc to R Jadeja
0 Full and near the off and Jadeja chips it to mid off. Gets the line proper here but Jadeja has quick arms.
39.3 M Starc to R Jadeja
4 138.4 KPH!! FOURRRR!! A timed flick from Ravindra Jadeja and the ball loops up over the inner circle to meet the fence in a haste. Full, angled at the legs from Starc and Jadeja was in a good position to execute it. Matter of minutes before India closes the chapter.
39.2 M Starc to R Jadeja
0 Good length delivery wide outside the off. Swings away from the left hander who lets it alone this time. Leaves it here.
100 runs partnership between Rahul and Jadeja. What a partnership between the two. An innings full of good game awareness and execution.