Dhoni, Pandya lead India to 281-7 in 1st ODI vs Australia

Australia captain Steve Smith has no intention of panicking after his side lost the first one day-international to India in a rain-shortened match. With a spell of 4-0-8-3, Coulter-Nile had such an impact so early in the match that despite Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni's fix job, India couldn't reach 300, something they have achieved easily in recent times. His innings was filled with five fours and five sixes. The Australians are treating him as a serious threat, even recruiting the services of a left-arm leg-spinner from Kerala to practice in the nets leading up to this first ODI. "And this wicket 270-80 is a winning total". Removing Pandey after three good innings would be a travesty, but Rahul not getting more than three games isn't fair either.

Steve Smith said that the team Australia should bowl well. The preparation of the players in the match India vs Australia is probably being marked. I think, if you look to bat in the position that you bat in one format, in all the formats, then it can get very hard for the team to find the right kind of balance including that player.

"A soon as he got his length back a little bit and made him go across the ball he got him out".

At the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, which cheered out loud for its "Super King" and 'thala', Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pandya stole the show, with a classy knock of 83 off just 66 deliveries.

Seasoned opener David Warner (25 off 28) offered some resistance but the introduction of chinaman Yadav brought his downfall, comfortably caught behind by Dhoni.

But other than Glenn Maxwell's blitz of 39 off 18, none of the other top-order Australian batsmen fired before their innings ended at 137/9.

"You don't really have a great deal of time to make things up when you need eight an over basically from ball one".

Hardik Pandya was India's top run scorer with 83, his highest score in ODI cricket, and his third half century in this format for his country.

Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/30.

From 6-76 the mountain was too steep to climb and Australia finished 27 runs short at 9-137.

Opting to bat first, Team India were struggling for 87/5 in 22 overs at one stage, Pandya and Dhoni then stitched up a crucial 118-run partnership for the sixth wicket to get India back on the track. Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile rocked India with three wickets inside first six overs.

Next up was the prized scalp of Kohli, who couldn't resist the temptation to drive and Glenn Maxwell leapt in the air at gully to take an incredible one-handed catch.


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