India vs Australia 1st ODI 2017: IND to Opt Bat First

Posted September 18, 2017

In a rain-hit match, India defeated Australia by 26 runs via D/L method in the first ODI match of the series here on Sunday.

The series will see the likes of Virat Kohli - now the world's top ODI batsman take on world's top ODI bowler Josh Hazelwood.

India beat Australia 2-1 earlier this year in a controversial Test series, played in such a hostile atmosphere that India skipper Virat Kohli said at the end he didn't consider Australian cricketers as his "friends" any longer.

The former India skipper is revered as the undisputed king in this region because of his heroics with both the national team and as well as with his former Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings. While, India will be without Shikhar Dhawan, Australia will miss the services of Aaron Finch.

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India, too, were off to a forgettable start with three of the top four batsmen back in the hut with only 11 runs on the board. The India captain also said there was no question of seeing the visitors in different light after a relatively easy tour sweep against Sri Lanka.

"Spin has always played a pretty big part in ODIs particularly in these conditions". KL is an outstanding talent, he has proved himself in all formats. That's not being fair to the sport and that's something that we as a team do not believe in. Against Sri Lanka, Rahul was given the first option to make the position his own, but he didn't fire in three games.

India won the toss and chose to bat in the first ODI, with Hilton Cartwright handed his ODI debut in the series-opener. Peter Handscomb, who joined the squad on Saturday, however is available and the team management will take a final call on Sunday.

With Jasprit Bumrah' Yorkers coming in and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav both having the ability to bowl economically as well as provide breakthroughs, the inclusion of Mohammad Shami has only strengthened India's pace attack.

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Brief Scores: India 281/7 (Hardik Pandya 83, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 79, Kedar Jadhav 40, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/44, Marcus Stoinis 2/54) vs Australia. The fact that all three have IPL experience should stand them in good stead.

Hardik Pandya accounted for two wickets to dent Australia's chase further. On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja, who replaced injured Axar Patel, was not included on the side. Spinner Ashwin was again rested to pave way for wrist spinners; Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. "The new ball was stopping a bit and some were skidding on", Smith said at the post match presentation ceremony.

However, Pandya and Dhoni batted India out of the sticky situations, using an aggressive, yet patient approach, respectively. He top-edged the ball to be dismissed for an entertaining 66-ball 83 runs, which was his third ODI fifty as well.

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