Cartwright to debut, India to bat in ODI

Rohit Sharma at a promotional event in Chennai on Thursday

Expecting the pitch in Chennai to slow down considerably, India went against the ODI trend and chose to bat first in a move that according to their captain Virat Kohli was a "no-brainer". Nathan Coulter-Nile scalped three quick wickets in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey to put the hosts in deep trouble. We lost wickets but MS (Dhoni) and Kedar played well.

WICKET! Nothing is going India's way. Dhoni's share was 29 off 50 balls, striking at 58. Change of pace does the trick for Stoinis as Jadhav fails to read his short ball.

He combined with Hardik Pandya for a vital 118-run partnership.

That however didn't derail MS Dhoni's approach.

"After the rain, we felt this was our best T20 attack".

Maxwell's superb piece of fielding saw Kohli trudge back to the pavilion for a duck and India reeling at 2/11. Dream spell by Coulter-Nile this. Eventually, Australia were given 21 overs to chase 164, during which their batting let them down. The India skipper is out for nought and the crowd is in absolute silence. After miscuing his pull, Ajinkya Rahane departs the next ball.

"You don't really have a great deal of time to make things up when you need eight an over basically from ball one".

A decent first-up from Pat Cummins. Nathan Coulter-Nile up for the next over. There are very few in the contemporary game who can match the fielding exploits of Glenn Maxwell.

Ind vs Aus 2017 ODI: Virat Kohli walks back to pavilion after losing his wicket against Australia during the first ODI match being played at MAC Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. In South Africa's previous ODI series in India, captain AB de Villiers employed a 4-5 field for his tall seamers, who angled the ball into their ribs.

With the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and KL Rahul still in the squad, Kohli has options at his disposal to pick and choose the power hitters. "No complaints, we weren't good enough and we were outplayed by India", he said. Spin on the other hand hasn't been a matter of concern, even when regular spinner R Ashwin is rested as part of the rotation policy, the spinners have done a commendable job so far.Ravindra Jadeja's late inclusion in the team might just give them the right mix. The unfit Aaron Finch will also not be available for selection which will leave Warner as the only designated opener in the side. So Hilton Cartwright will partner with David Warner at the top.

Australia's middle-order will depend a lot on Smith, India's nemesis for a long time as Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade and James Faulkner will have to guide an inexperienced Australian batting line-up.

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