India beats Australia by 26 runs in rain-hit 1st ODI

All-rounder Hardik Pandya's blistering 83 complemented by a responsible 79 from Chennai's resident "Super King" Mahendra Singh Dhoni saw India score a respectable 281 for 7 against Australia in the first One Day International, here today.

Nine wins on an away tour and no losses was a feat achieved by no other team and they have barely had any time to savour it before the start of another series.

The Indo-Australia rivalry over the years, have been more traditional with the intensity right up there as lot is always at stake. James Faulkner tried to keep the run chase alive but could not succeed as India won by a comfortable margin.

Maxwell's drop on Tuesday was one of four simple chances missed by the Australians in their match against a Board President's XI, leading coach David Saker to demand a lift in standards. Because we believe that he has the ability. With more boxes ticked than otherwise, India will have few issues to address in the series like the no. 4 slot and the no. 6 slot.

Indian opener Ajinkya Rahane (five) was his first victim.

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Earlier, India chose to bat first in a move that according to captain Virat Kohli was a "no-brainer".

Expectation: The pitch is smooth with some lovely surroundings, but Smith said that the pitch is too soft and tender. Riding on sharp, tidy lengths, Australia's new ball bowlers put the Indian batsmen under the pump. They face an Indian side which has won 12 of their last 15 ODI matches, all away from the comfort and helpful conditions of India and boasting the risky spin of Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the former pair entrenched superstars and the latter two preferred wrist-spinning options who have begun to make the format their own. Ajinkya Rahane replaced Shikhar Dhawan at the top while KL Rahul was left out. Jadeja will lead the spin attack.

The Indian skipper couldn't resist the temptation to drive and Glenn Maxwell leapt in the air at gully to take an incredible one-handed catch. Glenn Maxwell played a flawless T20-style knock - 39 in 18 balls - before getting out to Chahal. As a fielding unit, the Aussies are outstanding.

Australia, meanwhile, will be sweating over the fitness of their opener Aaron Finch. But yes, Australia are a quality side and it will be useful to test the bench strength and see who can be groomed for the quadrennial event, " he opined.

The teams meet on Sunday in the first of the five-match series in Chennai that pits the second and third sides in the ICC ODI world rankings.

  • Lawrence Cooper