Hardik Pandya foes from 'ping pong' to 'boom boom' against Australia

Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will look to continue their dominant run when they take on Steve Smith’s Australia in the first of the five ODIs in Chennai today. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 1st ODI Chennai here

Australia, on the other hand, have returned to India for the first time since their fiery and controversial Border-Gavaskar series earlier this year, which India won 2-1 and which ended with Kohli declaring some of his friendships with the Australian players had been irreparably damaged.

The fans at Chepauk had expected a Virat Kohli-show, like they had witnessed when India played South Africa in 2015, but dare I say, they wouldn't have minded a batting display like this, had they been asked prior to the start of the game.

Australia, meanwhile, will be sweating over the fitness of their opener Aaron Finch. Australia have struggled to recapture those glory days that had seen them capture that World Cup under the captaincy of Michael Clarke.

WICKET! Australia get the big fish, thanks to a stunner from Glen Maxwell. There will always be competition for a particular spot, but KL is an outstanding talent and he has proved himself in all formats. And he is someone who needs to be backed because we believe that he has the ability. "We've got a spinning allrounder, we've got allrounders who take the pace off the ball so we've got a few different options".

Australia were reduced to 29/3 with debutant opener Hilton Cartwright (1), Smith and Head back in the pavilion. Peter Handscomb, who joined the squad on Saturday, however is available and the team management will take a final call on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (32*) also made a handy contribution. This will be also slow down the measures, and finally, the team Australia t last will only have 2 fast bowlers - Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile - in the line-up. The fact that all three have IPL experience should stand them in good stead. And as far as the longest format of the game goes, Dhoni's only double century came in front of these supporters in 2013 against Australia. But Axar suffered an ankle sprain on Friday while playing football in practice and was ruled out for the first three ODIs.




India will rely on two wrist spinners, with left-armer Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal hoping to extract some turn from the wicket.

Pandya's and Dhoni's heroics along with some plucky hitting from Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the death meant that India finished their innings at 281-7, setting Steve Smith's men a stiff chase on pitch not that easy to bat on.

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

Warner then watched from the other end after the lengthy rain break as Jasprit Bumrah bowled Cartwright for one and Pandya had Smith caught in the deep and Head pouched behind.

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