KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja came together at a delicate juncture stage with India having lost five wickets in the low-scoring affair at Wankhede but the left-right duo exhibited great temperament to take the hosts home with 61 balls to spare.
India were put under a lot of duress early in the 189-run chase. The doctor ordered early wickets for Australia and the move to hand Marcus Stoinis the new ball worked. Ishan Kishan failed to account for the inward movement and was trapped lbw, also wasting a review on his way back. Mitchell Starc then bowled a menacing spell in the powerplay that saw him dampen Indian spirits. The left-arm spearhead served up two identical deliveries that swung back into the right hander to ensnare Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav off successive deliveries.
When skipper Hardik Pandya was bounced out by Marcus Stoinis after a mini-partnership had developed, India were in danger of botching the chase to concede the series opener. However, Rahul and Jadeja played percentage cricket to help India recover from the top-order wobble and complete the jittery run chase against Australia in the opening ODI in Mumbai on Friday, March 17.
What a catch!
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 17, 2023