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

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

Showers have delayed the start of the Australian innings in the first ODI against India at M A Chidambaram Stadium here today.

The catch might well lead to some banter between the two at a later stage, as the two are known to be friends off the field.

That Test series went some way to repairing faith in an Australian outfit often accused of horrific failure on the sub-continent but, ultimately, it went down as another loss away from home, a pattern that has plagued the Aussies for some time.

The situation was tailor-made for MS Dhoni, who combined with Pandya for a 118-run partnership.

Rahul is a rare talent but needs to tweak his opener's mindset to succeed at unfamiliar No 4 spot in ODIs Rohit Sharma alone might not have copyrights to visual appeal in batting. The average first-innings score at this venue is 264, but with modern-day batting at its best, 300-plus totals in both innings isn't entirely implausible. He flicks ball off the free-hit towards the leg side, but a brilliant effort by Coulter-Nile prevents four runs.

While Australia also play three Twenty20 Internationals in India before moving on to the Ashes series against England, Smith said the team had the 2019 World Cup firmly in mind.

Cartwright opened the batting in Australia's warm-up win but was dismissed for a second ball duck. A slightly more even contest between the bat and ball can go a long way in making it an interesting battle between the teams.

The Mumbai batsman didn't look very convincing in his brief stay.

After winning toss and electing elected to bat first, India set 282 runs for team Australia in the. Nathan Coulter-Nile reduced the hosts to a 11-3 inside 6 overs.

India takes on Australia in the first of five ODI matches in Chennai Sunday, with a three-match Twenty20 contest to follow, as rivalry resumes between the two cricket giants. You'd think KL Rahul, when he digs in and takes his time, has a stake in it too.

India's spin-bowling department too presents Kohli with a variety with Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahala and Ravindra Jadeja to choose from. While the visitors have called in Peter Handscomb as Finch's backup and has Travis Head in their ranks, Smith and co will like to have Finch to partner David Warner at the top. As seen in Tests, Rahul has incredible hand-speed, which allows him to execute the reverse-sweep nearly at will - a skill that could come in handy against two bowlers spinning the ball away: Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar.

AUSTRALIA: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Hilton Cartwright, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.