Will get better with our plans, says Smith

Will get better with our plans, says Smith

Will get better with our plans, says Smith

Hardik Pandya is named Player of the Match for his blistering innings and 2-28 with the ball. Pandya went on to be the highest scorer for India, amassing 83 in 66 balls.

He doesn't expect the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to take a backwards step despite combining for just 33 runs in game one.

With India tottering at 87/5, it all depended on the last recognised batting duo of Dhoni and Pandya, who got their act together to deliver the needed stability. By the time the early overs had seen a tit-for-tat loss of Australian top order wickets not dissimilar to India's, there was very little room for the middle order to manoeuvre in.

Pandey, too, nicked one to Wade to give the 29-year-old Coulter-Nile his third wicket. The opening bowlers made good use of the conditions in Chennai to keep the Indian batters in check. Hardik and later MS finished it off like he does.

Zampa would have been spared Pandya's onslaught had a surprise tactical move from skipper Steve Smith come off earlier in the over. The all-rounder made the second chance count as he unleashed his onslaught on the Australian bowling attack. However, former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni had his plans set and was joined with power-hitter Hardik Pandaya to not only rescue Team India but also help them to a rather formidable total.

Coulter-Nile, who was playing his first ODI since the tri-series final in the Caribbean in June 2016, hit hard lengths with the new ball and pushed India's top-order batsmen back.

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

Pandya scored 83 runs from 66 balls with ten boundaries coming in them. We had them at 5 for 87 and let things off a bit. Dhoni also created a unique record as he scored his 100th half century in his global career.

A lengthy rain delay saw Australia's target reduced to 164 from 21 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. "It was sort of a good new ball wicket to bowl with", Smith said.

Smith also hoped opener Hilton Cartwright would find form in the games to come.

"It would have been nice if it did come off because I would have had 20 or 30 runs less off my bowling".

With left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured and his replacement Ravindra Jadeja having just joined the squad, India went in with two wristspinners: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers, ” Kohli said.

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