India won its first ODI of the series this Sunday. The bad weather at Chennai really made it really tough for Australia. Moreover, Indian bowlers took the advantage of two new balls at both the ends and made it really tough for Australian batsman.
THE FIRST INNINGS
Indian decided to bat first after winning the toss at MA Chidambaram Stadium. It took no time for Australian bowlers to get their first wicket. Soon, the Indian batting line-up started to fell off in-front of Australian bowlers. Even the captain Virat Kohli was sent back to pavilion without opening the scoring. Following him, Manish Pandey also came back without scoring any runs for his team. With a small score of 11 runs, India lost their 3rd wicket in 6th over.
Rohit and Jadhav took the scoreboard to 64 runs showing the first good partnership of the match. Another great partnership that totally changed the match came from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni. Scoring 118 runs together, they took the score to 205. However, after playing a tremendous inning of 83 runs in just 66 balls, the set batsman Hardik Pandya was caught out by Zampa. MS Dhoni took the match to the last over with Bhuvneshwar. Dhoni marched to pavilion making an individual score of 79 runs in 88 balls. The first inning of the match came to an end with India setting a good target of 281 runs for Australia to chase.
By the end of the first inning, it started raining in Chepauk. After waiting for about 3 hours, the ground was all set for playing. According to Duckworth Lewis method, Australia was given a new target of 164 runs for 21 overs. Not to mention, the match that started as ODI turned into a T20 international.
With the pressure on their head, Australia could not get a good start. By the end of 8th over, Australia had already lost 4 wickets for 35 runs. With Maxwell on the pitch, the game started turning to their side. After the rapid 39 runs from 18 balls, Maxwell was taken down by Chahal. Furthermore, with the wicket of Maxwell whole Australian team broke down. The inning ended with the score of 137 for 9 wickets. India won its first ODI of the series by 26 ru/ns with Duckworth Lewis method.
POST MATCH TALKS
Steve Smith(Australian captain) said, “Obviously we got ourselves into a good position at the start and then we just let things off a bit. MS and Hardik played really well. The new ball was actually stopping on the wicket, and some were skidding on. I thought they (the Australian bowlers) bowled really, particularly with the new ball. I thought we were good with the new ball today. I guess it worked with the new ball today. Was quite a tough wicket today. We probably went away from our plans a bit early today.” Definitely, Australia had a hard time playing with two balls. With the game almost turning to a T20 match, the Australian players lost many wickets in the start. Moreover, Australian batsman faced a rough time understanding the spin caused by the new balls. In addition, left arm Indian spinners showed a fantastic game with their controlled spin.
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Overall, the match came in favor of India through their exceptional bowling. This time middle order batsman saved the game for India. The bad performance of starting line-up of India can prove to be a threat for them in this series. Moreover, this match showed that middle order batsman had certainly got their back.