India beats Australia by 26 runs in rain-hit 1st ODI

Ross Houston
September 19, 2017

"We have not been just focussing on that, I can assure you that", Smith said. Yadav (2-33) and fellow wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-30) did the bulk of the damage as the tourists ended their innings at 9-137 - 27 short of the revised target. Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile rocked India with three wickets inside first six overs. In doing so, he crossed 4000 ODI runs on Indian soil, becoming only the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to do so. "We started very well with the new ball but MS and Hardik played very well", he said.

Dhoni was out in last over but by then India had recovered from five for 87 runs and finished on 281 for seven in 50 overs.

With India in complete control, Glenn Maxwell began to take the attack to the hosts as he smashed a number of boundaries and launched numerous sixes. Hardik's innings was the game-changer.

Walking in to bat with India precariously placed at 87/5 with just 21.3 overs gone, Pandya swallowed his ego and played with maturity in the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Asked about the possibility of showers, he said: "We are equipped to cover the entire ground and there is enough machinery to clear up even if it rains but it depends on the intensity and duration". Yes, that included a duck too, which came in the first Test at MCA Stadium, Pune and Mitchell Starc had bagged the prized wicket.

Chennai: Australia captain Steve Smith admitted that his side did not execute their plans properly during the first ODI against India here and vowed to come back stronger in the remaining matches of the series. He went after Adam Zampa and took him for three consecutive sixes - fourth such bowler to receive such treatment. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him, ” Kohli added.

“The bowlers were outstanding as well. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers, ” Kohli said.

Over the years, we heard many stories of superstition in cricket and probably it could be one of those.

"Hardik Pandya's one I couldn't quite get my hands underneath of it unfortunately". But I thought it was a good opportunity for Hilton Cartwright to get into the game. A couple of catches could have helped.

The 23-years-old explosive player earlier pointed that his life has been changed after joining Mumbai Indians and thinks that franchise cricket team representing the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra is the lucky charm in his life. Chahal also explained how Dhoni played a crucial role in getting wickets, "Mahi bhai and Virat bhai asked me to push it outside and keep checking his feet".

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