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India wins toss, elects to bat against Australia

19 September 2017

When rain arrived between innings, reducing Australia's allotment of overs to 21 and their target to 164, the time afforded to Dhoni and Pandya was sheared away from the touring middle order.

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Five of their top seven were dismissed in single figures with David Warner, remarkably playing his first ODI in India, mustering 25 and Glenn Maxwell counter-punching with 39 from just 18 balls.

"It was never going to be easy chasing 160 with two new balls".

If they are rested, vice-captain Rohit Sharma spoke up for all the players, wondering what's this rest-and-rotate- policy is all about, he himself was rested after the Champions Trophy and not picked for the West Indies tour.

It was a cruel loss given the match was only minutes from being abandoned when play resumed. Certainly, they need to be at their best to compete against inspirational skipper Virat Kohli's boys. The ball again was full and wide which could have left alone but Kohli went for an expansive drive which went in the air. But Kohli's stay at the crease was even shorter than Rahane's, thanks to a stunning one-handed catch by Glenn Maxwell.

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Smith said the better side won today.

Manish Pandey lost a huge opportunity to bail India out of the trouble and did not trouble the scorers which saw him score a 2-ball duck.

Nathan Coulter-Nile now had India suffering from an anagrammatic case of lethal con art ennui. Competition for places is good, but beyond a point when answers are not found, it can get tricky.

Earlier, India were off to a forgettable start with three of the top four batsmen back in the hut with only 11 runs on the board.

Kedar Jadhav and Rohit Sharma then added 53 runs for the fourth wicket to arrest the slide. "Hopefully we can put him (Yadav) under pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many as we can".

Zampa did make Pandya his only wicket of the innings. He ended up making a 88-ball 79.

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Australia had brought in local bowler KK Jiyas ahead of Sunday's game to practise facing a left-arm wrist spinner and Smith said the performance in Chennai was disappointing but that his side have got to be ready for more. The youngster looked confident and started slowly but steadily under the mentoring of MS Dhoni. He smashed 24 runs including three consecutive sixes in the 37th over bowled by leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/66).

Pandey, too, nicked one to Wade to give the 29-year-old Coulter-Nile his third wicket. He was deservedly adjudged the Man of the Match.

Injury-plagued paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-44) made a dream start to his first global match since June a year ago with a sensational opening spell.

"There hasn't just been that focus on spin bowling, that's for sure". And he is someone who needs to be backed.

Right now the Australians are here to play five one-dayers, all day-night games, at a time when the departing monsoon can cause problems at a couple of centres. After achieving quite a few records in Sri Lanka he now has achieved feat. He never let the Australians off the hook by unfurling his variations.

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India wins toss, elects to bat against Australia