Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored patient half-centuries and stayed at the crease to help India beat Australia by six wickets in their first one-day international on Saturday.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium as the teams began to mark the home stretch for the 50-over World Cup later this year.
But the decision didn’t pay off as India finished on 240-4 in 48.2 overs in reply to Australia’s 236-7.
Jadhav scored 81 not out off 87 balls, including nine fours and a six, while Dhoni made 59 not out off 72 deliveries. The pair put on 141 runs for the unbeaten fifth wicket after coming together on 99-4 in the 24th over.
India started poorly to its run chase, as the loose Shikhar Dhawan for a first-ball duck in the second over, caught at point off Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/46).
Rohit Sharma (37) and Kohli (44) put on a second-wicket partnership worth 76 runs.
Adam Zampa (2/49) bowled beautifully in the middle overs as Australia made Sharma and Kohli work hard for their runs. The leg spinner provided two crucial breakthroughs, first trapping Kohli lbw via DRS in the 17th over and then having Ambati Rayudu (13) caught behind four overs later.
India was reduced to 95 for 3 as Rohit Sharma skied a catch off Coulter-Nile in the 21st over as well.
Jadhav reached his fifth ODI half-century off 67 balls, while Dhoni scored his 71st ODI half-century off 68. Their milestones came late in the day, with neither looking troubled, as India eased past the finish line with 10 balls to spare.
Earlier, Aaron Finch, playing his 100th ODI for Australia, was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (2/60) for a three-ball duck.
Usman Khawaja (50) and Marcus Stoinis (37) put on 87 runs for the second wicket.
Glenn Maxwell (40) looked in good touch as he hit five fours but was bowled when Mohammed Shami (2-44) returned for a second spell.
Kuldeep Yadav returned 2-46 in his 10 overs. The second ODI is in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Australia: 236/7 (Usman Khawaja 50, Glenn Maxwell 40; Mohammed Shami 2/44).
India: 240/4 (MS Dhoni 59, Kedar Jadhav 81; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/35)