lofts this over the infield. And that's that...with Jadhav and Dhoni both batting magnificently to take India home after a wobble in their chase!
9.47pm So India draw first blood in this series. There's an obvious mismatch in terms of personnel, especially in the batting department (today's starting XI for India had seven players in the top eight who have more than 1000 ODI runs, a figure only Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell had on the Australian side) but the bowling from Australia should make them competitive over the course of this series. Look forward to your company for the second ODI in three days' time.
Stick around, because Shashank Kishore's report will drop by shortly.
For the moment, this is Debayan Sen bidding adieu on behalf of Alex Malcolm and Binoy George. Follow the game with ESPNcricinfo!
Kedar Jadhav is the player of the match. Says: "(on the wicket) My bowling is all about reading what the batsman is trying to do. The idea is to bowl stump-to-stump. The best part about my bowler is that I don't think like a bowler. I just enjoy my bowling. (On his innings) Recently in Australia, we put up a similar kind of chase. When you have Mahibhai at the other end, you don't have to worry about a lot. I get to learn a lot from him. Nobody better than him in the middle to learn the game from. We are looking forward to every game, and we learn from our captain that we need to keep our intensity up. I guess I have tried to play more shots, but plenty of times he tells you that the team needs me to be more solid."
Aaron Finch: "We were about 20 or 30 short. Especially after we lost one wicket, we had to take it deeper. But our bowlers did well, continued taking wickets, and they were really good. If you have a guy go on and get 80, and that's what you are trying to do. Just a bit more attention to detail. We tried our best with the ball. I think our quicks are most effective when they are banging the wicket. There were a few plays-and-misses, but that happens against a high-quality side."
Virat Kohli: "It was a difficult game. I thought we did really well with the ball. The wicket didn't offer as much as it did under the lights. Their partnership was outstandin. I think the bowling (won the game for us) although we wanted to get a partnership going. The way Kedar and MS took responsibility was outstanding. (On Jadeja) Amazing. 10 overs for less than 35 runs. Just the tight lines he bowled and set the fields accordingly. He's a great asset in the field too. (On Kuldeep and Shami) Brilliant, the way Shami has come into the white-ball set up. Never seen him so lean before. Got Maxi (Maxwell) out on 40-odd with a beautiful wicket. Just looking good for the World Cup."
Mohammad Shami tells Sanjay Manjrekar: "This year has been one where we have worked really hard. We enjoy our training and you get to the see the results on the field. I hope that we continue to enjoy playing together and performing for the country. (On consistency across spells) There have been ups and downs in life, but it is cricket that has brought me here. I just try to give my best for the team, and I keep taking feedback from the experienced players. I have focused more on my line and length in the last 18 months. (On fitness) When I returned from injuries, I had gone up to 93kg, and then I realised I needed to lose weight. I thank every one who pushes me, and I have maintained my weight since then."
9.25pm India go 1-0 up in this series, but it was not for want of effort from the Australians. Australia gritted and fought away in the face of some superb Indian bowling to first post 236, but it was always going to be just about 20-25 runs short on a slow surface with variable bounce. They still did well to drag India back from 80 for 1 to have them reeling at one stage on 99 for 4. But Dhoni and Jadhav batted the situation astutely. Kept the runs coming, and never let the run-rate go alarmingly high. Fitting that they stayed together to see India over the line, with Dhoni getting the winning hit
short ball, and he short-arm jabs it beyond point. Super timing on that shot!
Has to be Stoinis
Srizan Gangol: "Don't know why people are comparing Jadhav Vs Dhoni, they are simply doing their job, Dhoni is making sure that they do not lose any wicket and Jadhav is keeping up with the run rate. "
length ball, and he has eased into this...and lofted it beyond midwicket. What a shot!
Vishal : "Hi, This is Vishal from Malaysia, Imdia will win this one and the next four..... and the world cup. "
full ball, and he flicks it towards short midwicket. Misfield allows them to come back for two
slower ball, outside off, and he fetches this from there and pulls it towards backward square leg
bobby: "this is bobby from los angeles. no matter what they do india will lose critical match in world cup and hence miss out wc. note this and lets watch wc "
full, and he drives this hard, but straight towards mid off
Clifford: "I am Clifford from Australia. Drop Finch and play Short we can win next four for sure. " --- Cannot disagree. The captain is a walking wicket, sadly
length ball, and he walks across the stumps and nurdles the ball down towards long leg
length ball, and he drives it straight to mid on, and takes off. Makes the crease at the other end to a rapturous applause. FIFTY for Mahendra Singh Dhoni!
Should see Coulter-Nile now coming back to bowl out. Australia need a magic over. Perhaps blasting both these set batsmen out
Santosh Battula: "In 2011, Dhoni scored continuously 3 half centuries against England in England and immediately followed it by another 50 against England in Hyderabad. Looks like the script might repeat this time against Australia."
length ball, and he defends from the crease
short, but he will have to re-bowl this. Starts from middle and leg, and then goes further down the leg side, and Carey has to collect
short ball, into his body at 131kph, and he pulls it down towards long leg
slower ball, and he goes back and flicks it with the angle into his body and nurdles it down towards long leg
Sam Birdman: "Hello , this is Sam Birdman from Australia..we will lose this one but will win all of the rest of matches on this tour." --- Duly noted :)
straighter ball, and he walks across his crease and drops it down towards long leg
Mileend: "Jadhav can be answer to number 4, he absorbs pressure easily and plays smart, the century in Pune was amazing where he eclipsed Kohli."
fuller, and he plays it with the incoming angle towards long leg
length, outside off, and he plays it with a dead bat
Mayank: "Now the irony would be kedar jadhav receiving man of the match whereas it was MS who did the hard work"
Mahesh: "Everyone talking about dhoni innings as finisher....But Jadhav playing better than dhoni as finisher"
Critical boundary in that over, and also means the threat of Zampa has been negotiated pretty well. Two crucial wickets, but 49 conceded off his 10
fuller ball, and he dunks it down the wicket towards long on
comes down the wicket to flick a length ball, gets rapped on the pads, but it went off the inside edge
turn from outside off, and he defends it from the crease
presses forward to defend a length ball on off stump, turning further away
Mustafa Moudi: "This match is exact replica of their last ODI against each other in Australia. Australia defending 230s and Dhoni-Jadhav Partnership takes India home !!"
tossed up, and he launches into a cover drive. Inside out, lofting it over the infielders. Terrific stuff!