🔰 India 281 for 7 in 50 overs (Pandya 83, Dhoni 79, Coulter-Nile 3-44) beat Australia 137 for 9 in 21 overs (Maxwell 39, Chahal 3-30, Pandya 2-28) by 26 runs (DLS method)
After the first quarter of the first ODI between India and Australia at Chennai, it seemed as if Australia were on their way to an easy victory. India were tottering at 87/5 after 21.3 overs and MS Dhoni was joined at the crease by a determined Hardik Pandya.
The all-rounder went on to curb his natural instincts and settled the innings down before launching a brutal assault on the Aussies that saw him plunder 83 runs off 66 balls and propel India to 205/6 in 40 overs. That set the tone of the match for India, who finished at 281/7 after Dhoni brought out some of his own pyrotechnics to make the crowd forget the dismal way in which the Indian top order collapsed.
A long spell of rain during the break meant that Aussies had to chase down 164 in 21 overs but the way they capitulated was slightly alarming. After Bumrah struck the first blow by castling Cartwright, that man Pandya sent back Steven Smith and then Travis Head to leave Australia at 29/3. David Warner went next, edging Kuldeep Yadav behind.
Glenn Maxwell cut loose for a brief period of time. However, Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of him and India went on to restrict the Aussies to a mere 137/9.
But the star of the day was that man Hardik Pandya who is turning into a valuable asset for India as an all-rounder.
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