India wins toss, elects to bat against Australia

Nick Sanchez
September 18, 2017

Earlier, home captain Virat Kohli's decision to bat appeared to backfire when Nathan Coulter-Nile's three-wicket burst reduced India to 11-3 inside six overs.

Maxwell was caught in the deep off Yuzvendra Chahal (3-30) looking to clear the boundary for a sixth time before Marcus Stoinis (three) departed three balls later. The ideal finisher should have the ability to hit sixes at will and must be a swift mover between the wickets to put pressure on the outfielders; unfortunately Jadhav doesn't tick either box. Change of pace does the trick for Stoinis as Jadhav fails to read his short ball.

In the end he would depart in the final over of India's innings but not before he made made a brilliant 79 runs. Kohli was out for duck and Manish Pandey followed two balls later as he edged one behind to Matthew Wade.

The people of Chennai love and adore MS Dhoni.

WICKET! Is this for real? Dream spell by Coulter-Nile this.

WICKET! Never looked convincing, did he? Rohit Sharma did that but not Ajinkya Rahane. The weight of their absence has indeed been on Pat Cummins to lead the team to victory.

Ajinkya Rahane is expected to take his place at the top of the order alongwith opener Rohit Sharma. Nathan Coulter-Nile up for the next over.

Coming to bat at No. 6, Dhoni smashed a crucial half-century against Australia in the first One-day International (ODI) of the five-match series in Chennai, on Friday. The first ODI of the five-match series will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai on Sunday, September 17.

India, who are enjoying a fine run of form, winning Tests, ODIs and a solitary T20 in Sri Lanka on their way to 9-0 scoreline, start as favourites. Even entertaining the thought of opening the bowling with anyone except the bowler who presents the most chances of taking wickets is a step in the opposite direction.

Maxwell managed to bring the mounting required run-rate down but legspinner Chahal's flighted delivery did the trick for India, as the Australian holed one to Manish Pandey at long on. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar know how to be effective on flat batting conditions.

Talk of having two wrist spinners in the side got Kohli excited but he kept his cards close to his chest regarding the bowling combination for Sunday. While, India will be without Shikhar Dhawan, Australia will miss the services of Aaron Finch. The spin department also looks weak, however with most of the Indian batsmen being right handers, Ashton Agar, the left arm spinner might have a good time in India.

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