MUMBAI, India (AP) — India bowled out Australia for 188 and overcame an early wobble to win by five wickets with 10.1 overs to spare in the first of three one-day internationals on Friday.
India’s reply was in jeopardy at 39-4 but Lokesh Rahul anchored winning partnerships of 44 with Hardik Pandya and an unbeaten 108 with Ravindra Jadeja.
India finished on 191-5.
Without run rate pressure, Rahul led with 75 not out off 91 balls.
Jadeja was named man of the match for his two wickets and unbeaten 45.
The second ODI is on Sunday at Visakhapatnam. Both teams are building to the Cricket World Cup in India in October.
Mitchell Marsh made light of the bowler-friendly pitch and gave Australia hope with 81 off 65 balls. He struck 10 fours and five sixes.
He and Steve Smith (22) put on 72 for the second wicket until Smith was caught behind off Pandya.
Marsh added another 52 runs with Marnus Labuschagne (15) by attacking Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist spin.
But Marsh’s dismissal led to a sudden batting collapse. Meanwhile, Jadeja joined Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma in the list of the most Man of the Match awards against Australia.
Most M.O.M Awards for India against Australia
17 – Sachin Tendulkar
9 – Virat Kohli
6 – Ravindra Jadeja*
6 – Rohit Sharma
6 – Yuvraj Singh