Australia's tour of India: A battle of the equals

Tomas Mccoy
September 18, 2017

India skipper Virat Kohli declared an all-out spin war against world champions Australia, saying the quality of his bowlers gives him confidence for the One-day worldwide series starting Sunday.

A combination of rain and a remarkable Indian recovery conspires against Australia in their ODI series opener in Chennai going down by 26 runs.

Opting to bat, India made a competitive 281 for seven against Australia in the first One- day global of the five-match series here today. MS Dhoni was batting with Hardik Pandya, with the score reading 107/5 at the time of filing this story.

India's steady recovery exploded in the 37th over of Sunday's match. His innings was filled with five fours and five sixes.

Two months later, India also defeated Australia in the Group Stage match in the 2016 World Twenty20 back at home. "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. Pandya tried to play against he spin, trying to slog him but managed only a top edge.

The in-form left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan's absence from the side for the first three matches makes the lineup from top to lower-middle order entirely right handed.

Maxwell managed to bring the mounting required run-rate down but legspinner Chahal's flighted delivery did the trick for India, as the Australian holed one to Manish Pandey at long on.

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

It seems that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on a record-making spree at the moment.

Warner (25) was the fourth man to go, cutting Kuldeep Yadav into Dhoni's gloves, and despite Maxwell's flurry of boundaries and Faulkner's cameo, the tourists never really got close - Yuzvendra Chahal scooping 3-30.

Earlier in the Sri Lanka series, Dhoni registered a few more records in the 50-over format as he completed his 100th ODI stumping and achieved the most number (73) of unbeaten knock.

In the end he would depart in the final over of India's innings but not before he made made a brilliant 79 runs.

The striking aspect of the effort from Pandya was the five sixes he tonked into the stands, three of which were hit consecutively off Adam Zampa.

(Yuzvendra) Chahal is very courageous and doesn't say no to any situation.

But, Pandya and MS Dhoni added 118 runs for the sixth wicket to bail India out.

Maxwell took an wonderful catch to send back the Indian captain for a duck. "For me, what's most important is how can I help the team win with the bat in the field, giving my 120 per cent every time I step on to the field and preparing accordingly that I think is more important to me than the personal landmark", he said. Nathan Coulter-Nile reduced the hosts to a 11-3 inside 6 overs.

The series now moves to Kolkata on Thursday.

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