India wins toss, elects to bat against Australia

Reuters

Reuters

After posting 281/7 on board batting first, India restricted the tourists to 137/9 in 21 overs chasing a revised score of 164 after rain interrupted play.

"They are in a zone where they don't mind getting hit as long as they pick up three or four wickets which I think is a very good space to be in and it's something that gives me a lot of confidence".

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

"I was with him for two years in Kolkata".

Virat Kohli has prooved time and again his love for white- ball cricket and the cricketer will surely be preparing for another great game against the Australian team. (Yuzvendra) Chahal is very courageous and doesn't say no to any situation. With this victory, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Head, 23, has played 25 ODI games, with an outstanding average of 40.7 with the bat.

Chasing the target, Australia did not have the best of starts and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Pandya then introduced the world to his knuckle ball to send back Steven Smith and Travis Head. The left-handed opener was caught behind in the eighth over, leaving Australia reeling at 35-4.

David Warner will most likely play his first ODI in India on Sunday. Glenn Maxwell provided glimmer of hope with a cameo and took the task to the spinners.

All-rounder James Faulkner struck a few late blows to spare Australian blushes but even his unbeaten 32 could not make it a close finish. He did it in the two matches against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, off Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, against Sri Lanka's Malinda Pushpakumara in a Test, and Adam Zampa in this match. It was tough to face.

"Sometimes they are good but they don't get the opportunity". It's only clever for him to not underestimate India because of our very strong batting lineup and skilled bowlers.

# India have won the toss and have opted to bat first.

He completed the innings with an impressive figure of 3-44. This came just after reserve opener Ajinkya Rahane had fallen to extra bounce on a drive. The Indian skipper was out for a four-ball duck.

He was dismissed going for a drive off a swinging delivery from Coulter-Nile only to be caught behind by Wade.

At the other end, Smith dropped Rohit Sharma (28) off Pat Cummins at second slip in the fifth over.

Marcus Stoinis (2-54) struck twice.

It brought Pandya and Dhoni together at the crease, and they dug India out of this huge hole. They will stretch the hosts, confront the otherwise accepted sub continental meeting and above all - put all their efforts behind the Team India for its home run. Dhoni made a brilliant half-century so did Pandya. Kohli and Dhoni may or may not be susceptible to the short ball, but the point is South Africa executed a set of discernible plans while defending a middling total.

"Today was an example of how good the middle and lower order can be", he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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