India Beat Australia in First ODI to Take 1-0 Series Lead

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  • India take a 1-0 lead with a 26-run win (D/L Method)

  • Dhoni and Pandya score fifties to propel India to 281/7

  • Coulter-Nile (3-44) and Stoinis (2-54) lead Australian bowling attack

    Hardik Pandya was adjudged the Player of the Match for his innings of 83 off 66 balls and bowling performance of 4-0-28-2. Here’s what he had to say.

    Hardik Pandya: “It was a good day for me. A couple of catches would have been nice. I don’t think anything has changed (after the international success). I am the same Hardik I was a year back. Maybe people’s thinking towards me has changed. To be honest, when Mahi bhai was batting with me, we knew what Zampa was going to the bowl, which made it easier for me to target him (for 24 runs in an over). I am glad how I am doing with the bat and bowl at the moment.”

    Virat Kohli (Captain, India): “We spoke at the toss that we wanted to put on a big score. We lost wickets early on but MS and Kedar played well. Hardik was brilliant again and then MS finished it off like he always does. Today was an example, as were the games against Sri Lanka, of how good the middle and lower order can be. The bowlers were outstanding as well. It is a matter of giving players confidence. Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him. Chahal is very brave and doesn’t say no to any situation. Bhuvi and Bumrah are very clinical and our bank bowlers. After the rain, we felt this was our best T20 attack. We can’t have a more perfect combination.”

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Steve Smith (Captain, Australia): “We got ourselves into a good position. We had them at 5 for 87 and let things off a bit. MS and Hardik had a great partnership. The new ball was stopping and some of them skidded on. We lost too many wickets in the middle. We have no complaints about the revised target; we can’t control the weather. We weren’t good enough and we were outplayed by India. I thought Cummins and Coulter-Nile bowled very well with the new ball and hopefully, they can back it up in a couple of days’ time. It was a tough wicket with the new ball, and then we went away from our plans too early.”

This was a match that Australia dominated for the first 20 overs before India swept it away from underneath their feet.

Reeling at 87 for 5, India managed to post 281 for 7, thanks to the batting brilliance of MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and a fine little cameo from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Rain played spoilsport and delayed the start of the second innings so much that it ended up being a 21-over affair. Australia fumbled from the very beginning, chasing the revised 164, losing wickets a regular intervalGlenn Maxwell showed some fight but his vigil ended on 39. In the end, it was all too easy for India as they earned a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Bumrah bowls the final over. A rather comic one. Bowls one full and wide, inducing an edge from Faulkner. Dhoni goes for the catch but is not sure if he held it cleanly. The fielders around him, for some reason, are convinced. They appeal and the third umpire finds the ball, in fact, touched the ground between his gloves. Faulkner then refuses the second run, causing Zampa to be stranded in the middle. A throw from Kohli hits Faulkner on his behind. It ends with a yorker and a dot.

 

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