Close Shave For Hardik Pandya As Bhuvneshwar Kumar Shot Floors Him

Ross Houston
September 21, 2017

India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

Zampa said the experience and wisdom of Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped Pandya express himself in the pressure situation as the two scripted a game-turning 118-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Smith insisted there were no surprises in the game, as Australia had prepared for all challenges.

"When you have two new balls from both ends, as you saw (during) the whole game, they found it hard".

Zampa has been a lucky bowler for the young-gun Pandya as he reached his half-tons through the spinner on three consecutive occasions.

"It wasn't any surprise to us".

Smith also believes Australia spinner Adam Zampa has to respond, after taking a beating against Pandya whose 83-run blitz took India to 281-7 in 50 overs.

"But sometimes, we also have to take a step back and you change your plans", he added.

"So we thought Hardik hits the ball quite well straight, as you've seen, and it almost came off".

The commentators soon announced Pandya would resume his innings after the rain break. In Australia you can mess up your length a little bit and will probably get away with it purely because of the size (of the ground).

"It would have been important to get him off strike and I just put it down to poor execution from me". "I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I did not execute it too well".

Chahal, who returned impressive figures of 3-30 in his five overs, felt there is no added expectation on the Indian spinners in such a high-profile series. We don't think a lot about what's happening. "Hopefully, I will get him (Hardik Pandya) out earlier next time".

RAIN might be threatening Australia's second one-day global with India in Kolkata Thursday but Adam Zampa says there is no gloom and doom in the visitors' camp despite a first-up defeat in Chennai.

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