Chennai: India beat Australia by 26 runs (D/L method) in the opener of their five-match One-day International (ODI) series at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday. While Hardik Pandya (83 off 66 balls) showed why he is being considered by many as India's long-term solution to the allrounder problem, MS Dhoni (79 off 88) proved yet again why he is still India's No.1crisis-man on a tricky surface.
Chasing the target, Australia did not have the best of starts and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
However, his time at the crease came to an end when he was dismissed by Adam Zampa for 83, which came off 66 balls and included five boundaries and five sixes. "It's an ideal condition what's required for an One-Day International contest but I can not say whether it will rain or not", said CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee, who's putting in hard yards despite flu for last two days. Hardik's innings was the game-changer. We look at five takeaways from the first ODI.
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. We started very well with the new ball.
'We lost too many wickets in the middle.
"He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him", the India skipper added, referring to the batting, bowling and fielding of the 23-year-old. You can't control the weather.
"The wicket will help both batsmen and bowlers". Playing his first worldwide since June a year ago, Coulter-Nile bowled with impressive pace and early swing to remove Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli and Manish Pandey in the space of just seven balls to leave the hosts reeling at 3-11 after they elected to bat first.
However, the former India captain has matured with time, like fine wine, and plays according to the situation.
'[Yuzvendra] Chahal is very courageous and doesn't say no to any situation. Bhuvi and Bumrah were clinical - our bank bowlers. The good news was that these rains stopped just before the time out and there was no washout. While a hamstring tear prevented him from taking the field during the limited-overs leg of the 2015 England tour, a troublesome back ruled him out of Australia's trip to Sri Lanka previous year.