Chennai, Oct 8: India won its opening match against Australia by six wickets the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.
India lost their first three wickets in just two runs but the pat of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stitched a 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Kohli got out on 85 while Rahul remained unbeaten on 97. Rahul was also adjudged the Player of the Match for his batting heroics.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja spun a vicious web of left-arm spin mastery while picking an outstanding 3-28 as spinners helped India bowl out Australia for just 199 in 49.3 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets while local lad Ravichandran Ashwin had a scalp to his name as spinners took six wickets in their 30 overs combined at an economy rate of 3.47 and triggered an Australian collapse, with all three pacers amongst the wickets too.
For Australia, who played 173 dot balls in their innings, Steven Smith and David Warner managed to make 46 and 41 respectively. But there was no noteworthy knock from the rest of the batters until Mitchell Starc hit two fours and a six in his late cameo of 28.
(with inputs from IANS)