The first ODI series between India and Australia kicked off with an epic banter. It was one hell of a match with both the teams giving it a close call. The crowd at Chennai loved their hero MS Dhoni back on the field and it became better as he scored his 100th international fifty.
Winning the toss, India took to batting but Nathan Coulter Nile did send back Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey for a duck. Though Rohit Sharma and Kedar posted a fifty partnership but gave way to Zampa’s pace attack. Thanks to Pandya and Dhoni’s 100 run partnership and Bhuvneswar Kumar’shandy thirty runs that put up 281 on boards.
Pandya was the star of the match and continued his pinch hitting. He hammered Adam Zampa and other Aussies for consecutive sixes as he rocketed to a score of 83 of just 66 balls. He was supported by the former Indian skipper Dhoni who scored his 66th ODI fifty.
But the Australian innings was cut short due to rain. The target was 164 in the 21 overs but the Smith and co failed to reach the total. They could only manage 137 runs at the loss of 9 wickets handing Indians the advantage in the series.
Former Aussie international Dean Jones took the moment to put up a status on Twitter declaring rain has actually ruined the game and might have given an advantage to Indians. He wrote:“So I see India needed a bit of rain to win that game. Ok … bring on Game 2.”
So I see India needed a bit of rain to win that game. Ok … bring on Game 2 @StarSportsIndia #Wearecoming #INDvAUS
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) September 18, 2017
Fans trolled Jones by mentioning the fact that rains are always a plus point for the team batting second while some brought up the ‘brain fade’ saga to humiliate the Aussie. Here are all the tweets.
Rains are always good for the team batting second, U shud hv some cricketing knowledge to know that which I am afraid u don't. #INDvsAUS
— Varun Garg 🇮🇳 (@IamV_Garg) September 18, 2017
Another brain fade moment for another Australian 😂
— Charan Raj (@Charanrajck) September 18, 2017