Nothing is going well for Australia. After the loss against Bangladesh in the first test, all they could do was levelling up the series but the flaws of their batsman unable to come up with the subcontinent spin were left open!
But the rains definitely played a part in the first ODI in Chennai for India vs Australia. Despite all speculations that India will look stronger with the return of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul being backed to bat at No 4, no one made it to playing XI.
Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter Nile ripped apart the openers and the middle order sending Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey back early. Thanks to Dhoni and Pandya’s 4th wicket 100 run partnership. From 35, Pandya completed his half-century in three hit. Dhoni after Pandya’s dismissal completed his 100th international fifty. Bhubaneswar Kumar played a vital 32 runs knock to take India to 281/7.
A drizzle reduced Australia’s innings to 21 overs, forcing them to chase 164 for victory. Aussie batsman fumbled in front of Indian bowling attack giving away wickets. Losing skipper Steve Smith early to Pandya, Australia failed to spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, ultimately finishing on 137/9.
“We bowled very well with the new ball. MS and Hardik played really well. We couldn’t capitalize on the start. The new ball was stopping a bit and some were skidding on. We lost too many wickets in the middle. We can’t control the weather. No complaints. Tonight we weren’t good enough and we were outplayed by India. I thought they bowled really well, especially with the new ball. Hopefully, they can back up in a couple of days time. It worked with the new ball today. It was swinging early.” concluded Smith.
The first match went on the Indian side with an all-round performance and Australia still looks to continue from where they left Bangladesh. they will next take over India on 21st September at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.